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Rock Island Arsenal

Rock Island, Illinois
County of Rock Island.
National Register Number: 69000057
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - arms storage. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: IL-17 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 7, 1988):
Established in 1862, this is one of the largest military construction projects of the late 19th century. These ten large manufacturing shops and ancillary buildings remain today the administrative and technological core of the arsenal. General Rodman, a major figure in the history of American ordnance technology outlined an ambitious construction program when he was the arsenal's second commandant (1865-1871). Among the arsenal's significant contributions to U.S. ordnance technology are its leading roles in production of artillery carriages and recoil mechanisms.

There is a concern regarding upkeep and future use of commanding officerÂ’s quarters. Although outside the NHL boundary, the historic reservoir is severely deteriorated and will likely be demolished. MWRO has been contacted and with the SHPO, will make site visit in FY 2007. Multiple ownership further complicates the NHL.

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