This event started in Rock Island, Il. We crossed the Mississippi into Davenport, IA. The other bridge that we were intending to cross back on was closed. So we didn't make it into the other two cities. Here is the bridge we crossed. It was the first 4 lane bridge built over the Mississippi and it opened in 1940 as a toll bridge. Most have cost a fortune to build because it didn't become a "free" bridge until 2006!!!
Passing the downtown we saw these statues. I didn't know the "Blues Brothers" were from Rock Island, IL.
Not to be outdone, Davenport has the bust of a 1920s Jazz Musician named Bix Biederbecke. Not being into Jazz I didn't recognize the name.
They have a Skybridge that goes out to a floating Riverboat Casino. This is me and my DH on the Skybridge with the other bridge in the background.
This was a one way 11K walk from the Veteran's Memorial Stadium (home of the the Cedar Rapids Kernals) to Washington High School. When you arrived at the high school you were given a school bus ride back to the start.
At the visitor's center downtown they had a Grant Woods mural set up for picture taking. This is my DH and me.
Cedar Rapids calls itself the city of 5 seasons. This is a sculpture that represents that. The 5th season is the season of fun.
This is the former City Hall - now Veteran's Memorial Building. It its on an island in the river. There was a flood in 2008 that made them decide to move City Hall to a safer location.
Friday's event started at the Convention Center and went past the sculpture garden we had visited on yesterday. Des Moines is actually very hilly. It was a challenging walk. Our first checkpoint was at the Governor's Mansion (circa 1869)which is named "Palace of the Prairie".
The walk then continued on to Salisbury House, where we toured the gardens. We could have gone inside for a tour, but there was an entrance fee and we don't carry money with us when we walk. The Salisbury House is an English Tudor style mansion built in the 1920s.
This was basically a residential walk. We did pass a couple of nice churches. We were glad to get back to the Convention Center and get our books stamped.
Not all our time was spent walking. We had some down time to just be tourists.
We did the sculpture garden. This was one of my favorites.
We drove by the Capitol building. Wished we had stopped. We assumed (wrongly) that the upcoming walk would take us by here so we could peek inside.
We also sent over and rode the Heritage Carousel. This turn-of-the-century replica carousel is hand carved from basswood, hand painted and ridden to the sound of an old-fashioned band organ. It has been in operation sine 1999.