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No fear back then? These people went for a stroll on the Mississippi #TBT

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This morning we're taking a look back at the days gone by here in the Quad Cities.
retro-quad-cities4We start off with a Christmas display in downtown Davenport. "Parker and Petersen's" store was well-known for displays. Although displays were a common sight in many of our downtowns.retro-quad-cities3

Take a look at the festive holiday look from 1940 Downtown Davenport. This vantage point is from 3rd Street between Main and Brady Streets. Can you spot any of the buildings still there today?retro-quad-cities2

Finally, let's look at the frozen Mississippi River. Above is a postcard from 1906. Floes along the Mississippi River near Rock Island produced some giant ice jams to the river. In this photo, I count 17 different people making their way across the ice. I don't know about you, but this looks scary!retro-quad-cities1

And way back in 1909, downriver in Buffalo, Iowa, dozens of people are seen ice skating on the Mississippi River. This vantage point shows what it looked like looking up the embankment, across the river into the town. I wonder if those two houses are still standing today!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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