If you were around Quincy 22 years ago today, you probably know where you were when you heard the news that the levee in West Quincy failed to hold back the mighty Mississippi River. We all knew when it happened because the news and the river spread like wildfire. What we didn't know at the time was that the levy failed thanks to the assistance of Quincy native James Scott, who was eventually convicted of "creating a catastrophe" by removing sand bags in the area of the levee break. Would the levee have held back the rising water on its own? Only God knows.
Each and every day there are two Amtrak trains that serve the Quincy area with trips to and from Chicago. The Illinois Zephyr leaves Quincy at 6:12 mornings and returns each night at 10:23. The Carl Sandburg departs Quincy each night at 5:30 and arrives in Chicago at 9:58. That train then returns the next morning at 7:35 from Chicago and arrives in Quincy at 12:03 p.m. With both trains routes ending in Quincy, I always wondered how the train actually turns around in West Quincy to prepare for the trip back to Chicago.
Isn't funny that gas prices went up 15 cents a gallon earlier this week? Is there anyone on the planet who didn't expect that to happen as we all load up our cars to travel over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend?
I am sure you noticed the price of a gallon of gas took a huge leap this week. There is always some lame excuse as to why when this happens. So instead of listening to them, I have come up with my own top 10 reasons why gas prices went up.
I have been reminiscing a little this week with it being the 20th anniversary of the West Quincy levee break and I got to thinking about making a few stops at Merkels Hardware for batteries and a flashlight and some other things. It got me thinking about the businesses that were open then and are not today, like Merkels.
I recently took a little drive across the bridge from Quincy into West Quincy and couldn't help notice all the snow had melted and after looking around I wished it were back. The more I drove the more I noticed all the litter strewn along the roadway.
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