Gustafson’s City of Mills Mural

Bill Gustafson painted this historically accurate scene of early Moline in 2009. In the scene from 1848, John Deere appears in the red shirt. The mural depicts perhaps the most important event in the early history of the city, as did Gustafson’s similar mural of Rock Island, described in an earlier post:

Moline walking tour leader and geographer Curt Roseman includes this site both as a way to explain the city’s early history and as a relevant current urban space.

For more about Gustafson’s work, see


City of Mills Bill Gustafson, 2009



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