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Titan Wheel Titan International is also located in Quincy. This organization has been instrumental in putting the Quincy-Hannibal Area on the map as a distinct region in conjunction with the major metropolitan areas nearby such as Chicago, IL , St.
The cost of living in Quincy is well below the national average. Forbes compared cities with a population under , and ranked them on these five quality-of-life measures. The market was widely served by Insight Communications through In January , Comcast took control of the cable television system.
The city is usually combined with Hannibal due to their proximity and labeled as the th market on the DMA chart. Quincy Newspapers also owns the Quincy Herald-Whig, which is the most widely read newspaper in the region. Numerous nonprofit arts organizations provide the community with opportunities for entertainment, workshops, hands-on creative experiences, annual festivals, gallery and museum exhibit openings, theatre, architecture, education and much more.
Like most Mississippi river cities, blues music has made a lasting impression upon the city and every year the free admission Blues in the District concert series brings the music to Washington Park, where artists are invited to sing and play for spectators the second and fourth Friday of June, July and August.
Free music events are also offered by the Quincy Park Band throughout the summer and Quincy Concert Band twice a year. The Dogwood Parade and festival is an annual event held in early-May celebrating the blossoming Dogwoods located throughout the city.
Washington Park hosts amusement rides and a parade marches down Maine Street. Washington Park and downtown also become the focal point of activity for farmer's markets, Q-Fest, formerly the Midsummer Arts Faire,  the Tin Dusters, and the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament. In , Quincy Community Theatre opened its 81st season.
Quincy's riverfront is also a center for popular activities throughout the year, including the Fourth of July display on the Quincy Bay, outdoor showings of movies, and concerts. The Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is housed in a unique example of Mediterranean Revival architecture, the Villa Kathrine, along the river bluff and provides visitors and those traveling along the Great River Road a stop with informational materials about Quincy and the surrounding area.
The Historic Downtown District is the premier destination for dining, entertainment and shopping. With the backdrop of historic architecture, The District merges the past with a touch of modern flair to bring customers all the modern conveniences they would want. Broadway Street leads from the Mississippi River through the east end of the town.
Along the route are numerous chain franchises, stores, Quincy Mall and various strip malls for additional shopping opportunities. The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce was established in to promote and enhance the business climate and economic well being of the Quincy area.
There also several dance and yoga studios available. The Quincy Park District also offers the public access to numerous parks, trails, facilities and programs throughout the city.
Architecture[ edit ] The Newcomb Mansion Quincy is home to a diverse and vibrant collection of buildings that have come to be a tourist attraction in and of themselves. South of downtown is the South Side German Historic District , which holds many of the German-influenced structures that early immigrants built.
A central site in the district is the Dick Brothers Brewery Buildings, which were constructed in and rivaled many larger breweries. Although the brewery survived Prohibition by bottling water and other beverages, slow modernization efforts forced the brewery into bankruptcy.
However, the buildings remain and are being renovated for public use and commercial space. Francis Hall of Quincy University is another example of German influence in the city's structures.
Once housing some of Quincy's elite, many of the homes in these regions are influenced mainly by Victorian schools.
Known residents of this part of town included Richard Newcomb and city founder John Wood. Today, the Newcomb residence functions as the Quincy Museum and was once featured on the cover of National Geographic as "one of the most architecturally significant corners in the United States.
In , Quincy resident W. George Metz commissioned George Behrensmeyer to design a Moroccan -style home overlooking the river.
It included a harem, courtyard, and reflecting pool. Today, the Villa Kathrine functions as the visitor's center. Infrastructure[ edit ] This section may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards.
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Quincy University is Quincy's most highly decorated school,[ clarification needed ] and was established in the s. On the city's east side, John Wood Community College is the regional community college. Quincy Park District[ edit ] The Quincy Park District was founded in when five commissioners were elected to govern the district.
Today the board for the Park District is made up of seven volunteers who serve four-year terms. Washington Park was the first park in Quincy, IL. It is located downtown and sits on 4 acres 1.
Washington Park served as one of the locations in Illinois for the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Clat Adams Bicentennial Park sits on the river and serves as the location for the 4th of July firework celebration.
The island is also the location for the Log Cabin Village. Bob Mays Park sits on fifty acres of land and opened in Deer Park is located within the Illinois Veterans Home, sits on five acres of land, and is Quincy's mini zoo.
The site of the first public pool was at Indian Mounds Park. Wavering park contains baseball and softball diamonds. Next to Wavering Park is Moorman Park where visitors can find more baseball and softball diamonds.
One park that has tennis courts is the Reservoir Park where many city tennis tournaments are held. This is just some of the information regarding the parks in Quincy. Specialty areas include a cancer center, cardiovascular center, outpatient surgery center, Level 2 trauma center, and rehabilitation.
Blessing also operates the Blessing Rieman College of Nursing. Its spur route, Interstate , passes just east of town.