Davenport, IA 52801
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Davenport is a
city in the American state of Iowa that
borders the Mississippi River. As of the
2000 census, the city had a total population
of 98,359. A 2005 estimate tells that the
city had grown slightly to 98,845. The city
is part of the Quad Cities of Iowa and
Illinois. Davenport is the home of Palmer
College of Chiropractic, the birthplace of
chiropractic medicine and wellness
technique. Saint Ambrose University is also
located in Davenport. Davenport is the
county seat of Scott County.
Davenport often makes national headlines
when the Mississippi River floods. It is the
only city over 20,000 people bordering the
Mississippi that has no permanent floodwall
or levee. Davenport prefers the open access
to the river for parks and vistas over
having access cut off by dikes and levees.
Davenport has adopted ordinances that any
new construction in the floodplain must be
elevated above the 100 year flood level or
protected with walls. As a result,
feasibility studies done by the United
States Army Corps of Engineers have
determined that building a floodwall along
Davenport's riverfront is not feasible. Two
examples of buildings that are elevated or
floodproofed in Davenport are John O'Donnell
Stadium and the Figge Art Museum.
Several well-known annual festivals take
place in Davenport. Notable festivals are
the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The
Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix
Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival,
dedicated to Davenport native Bix
Beiderbecke. An internationally known
seven-mile foot race called the Bix 7 is run
during the festival.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport is
based out of Davenport. This diocese covers
the southeast quarter of the state of Iowa.
The current Bishop of the Diocese is Bishop
William Edwin Franklin. The Cathedral parish
for this Diocese is Sacred Heart Cathedral.
St. Ambrose University, established in 1882,
is the Diocesan institution in Davenport.
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