Moline, IL 61265
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is a city in
Rock Island County, Illinois, United States.
The population was 43,768 at the 2000
Moline is one of the Quad Cities, along with
neighboring Rock Island and the Iowa cities
of Davenport and Bettendorf. The corporate
headquarters of Deere & Company and the Quad
City International Airport are located in
Moline, as well as the Quad Cities campus of
Western Illinois University. Moline is a
retail hub for the Illinois Quad Cities, as
Southpark Mall and numerous big box stores
are located in the city. In the mid 1990s, a
project known as John Deere Commons led to
the revitalization of Moline's central
The name Moline comes from the French Moulin
meaning mill, a reference to the function
which the town originally served.
Due to its historical connections to
inventor and industrialist John Deere--who
relocated to Moline in 1848 to mass produce
his steel plow there--and the company he
founded, Moline is known as the "Farm
Implement Capital of the World." Because of
its location on the Mississippi River and
the economies of scale for large-scale farm
implement production that quickly developed
around Deere & Company, Moline was a major
center for the industry from the late
nineteenth century through the 1980s.
The Quad City Steamwheelers arena football
team and the Quad City Mallards hockey team
both play at The MARK of the Quad Cities,
located in Moline.
Felony and misdemeanor criminal court records.