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New Mississippi River Travel Guide Series Starts with Quad Cities

Quad Cities – St. Louis Author, Dean Klinkenberg, vir­tu­ally lived in the Quad Cities in the sum­mers of 2007 and 2008 explor­ing any place that might inter­est vis­i­tors. The John Deere fac­tory tour reduced him to a giddy 10-year old; and neigh­bor­hood bars intro­duced him to the daily lives of Quad Cities’ res­i­dents. Festivals, the arts, attrac­tions, and his­tor­i­cal research kept him busy fill­ing the pages of what would become a detailed and information-packed Quad Cities travel guide.

Quad Cities Travel Guide

Quad Cities Travel Guide

The Mississippi Valley Traveler — Quad Cities Travel Guide” is the first book in a series of travel guides under the name The Mississippi Valley Traveler that are designed for budget-conscious trav­el­ers of any age who want to explore the Mississippi River and the towns that grew up along its banks. The Quad Cities is com­prised of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois; and sur­round­ing communities.

Dean often com­ments, that while he lives in St. Louis, he con­sid­ers the Quad Cities his sec­ond home. When he is in the Quad Cities, if he is not watch­ing antique motor­cy­cle races or lis­ten­ing to roots music, you will find him at one of the area’s brew­pubs. He found the peo­ple friendly, infor­ma­tive, and always will­ing to lend a help­ing hand.

The Mississippi River is the rea­son that set­tlers put down their stakes in the 1830s, and peo­ple still flock to its banks to fish, to bike, to enjoy a fes­ti­val, or to enjoy the view,” said Dean. “The story of the Quad Cities is the story of a grow­ing America, inno­va­tion and indus­tri­al­iza­tion, and the shift­ing economies that con­tin­u­ally make and remake cities. The Mississippi Valley Traveler pays respect to this his­tory, while high­light­ing attrac­tions well-known and obscure and locally-run restau­rants and accommodations.”

The Quad Cities Travel Guide begins with an intro­duc­tion of the Quad Cities, a his­tory les­son, and an expla­na­tion about the author’s “My Picks”. He then presents spe­cial sec­tions on each region in the Quad Cities that high­light the his­tory of the city, attrac­tions, restau­rants, enter­tain­ment, and lodg­ing. Each sec­tion con­tains a map that pin­points areas of inter­est. Cities include Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, and Hampton in Illinois, and Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale, and Pleasant Valley in Iowa. There is also a spe­cial sec­tion on the Rock Island Arsenal Island. The book con­cludes with regional infor­ma­tion that includes sea­sonal festivals.

Dean’s next guide book will cover the river from LeClaire, Iowa, to Lansing, Michigan, includ­ing his­toric com­mu­ni­ties such as Dubuque, Galena, and Prairie du Chien. He plans to have it com­pleted by the mid­dle of September. From there, he will con­tinue north all the way to the head­wa­ters region. Klinkenberg expects the series to be com­pleted with the Upper Mississippi by the sum­mer of 2011.

Currently, the Quad Cities Travel Guide can be pur­chased online at and at var­i­ous retail out­lets in the Quad Cities area.

For infor­ma­tion on the Quad Cities, also con­tact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800–747-7800 or visit their web­site at

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