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Downtown Davenport in Scott County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Dillon Fountain

— Quad Cities Riverway —

 
 
The Dillon Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 9, 2022
1. The Dillon Fountain Marker
Inscription.  Upon his death in 1914, Judge John F. Dillon bequeathed $10,000 to the city of Davenport to construct a fountain in the city that he called home. In 1921, the city dedicated the Dillon Fountain as part of its efforts to improve the riverfront. The Neo-Classical fountain continues to be a significant focal point for the riverfront and a memorial to a leading citizen of early Davenport.

John F. Dillon lived in Davenport from 1838 to 1879. He served as lawyer and judge in the county and state court system including several years as Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice. In 1879, he and his family moved to New York City where he gained a national reputation. Yet he and his wife, Anna Price Dillon, maintained close ties to the city and always considered it their home.

The fountain's dedication marked the halfway point in a 20-year effort to improve the levee. After 1900, use of the levee by riverboats declined. In 1911, the city of Davenport began to improve the levee's appearance and promoted its use for recreational activities through construction of the Petersen Band Shell and LeClaire Park.

Caption: c 1900 oil painting
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of John F. Dillon, physician and Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. Photo Courtesy of the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science.
 
Erected by Riverboat Development Authority • Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science • River Action, Inc. • Rejuvenate Davenport.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicLaw EnforcementParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 41° 31.203′ N, 90° 34.536′ W. Marker is in Davenport, Iowa, in Scott County. It is in Downtown Davenport. Marker is at the intersection of West River Drive (Business U.S. 61) and North Main Street, on the right when traveling east on West River Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Main St, Davenport IA 52801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Natatorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blackhawk Purchase Treaty Commemorative (about 500 feet away); The LeClaire House Hotel (about 500 feet away); First Chiropractic Adjustment (about 600 feet away); Hose Station No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Petersen Memorial Music Pavilion
The Dillon Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 9, 2022
2. The Dillon Fountain Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davenport.
 
Also see . . .  John Forrest Dillon. Wikipedia entry on the jurist, who authored a highly influential treatise (called the Dillon Rule) on the power of states over municipal governments. (Submitted on July 13, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
John F. Dillon (1831-1914) image. Click for full size.
via Iowa GenWeb, Annals of Iowa (Public Domain), 1909
3. John F. Dillon (1831-1914)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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