1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
You are invited to join the Black Hawk Hiking Club as they celebrate a momentous achievement of the Black Hawk Hiking Club and its founder, John Hauberg. In 1920, Mr. Hauberg and Mary Adkins, General Secretary of the Rock Island YWCA and former member of the Chicago Prairie Club, scheduled a winter hike down the frozen Mississippi River with six others joining them on January 20 with temperatures six degrees below zero. After six subsequent hikes, the group was organized on May 8, 1920 with thirty-seven charter members. Little did these first hikers realize that 2500 hikes would have been led ninety-five years later as the Black Hawk Hiking Club continues their traditions with Saturday hikes and camping weekends, as well as Big Hike. As we hike on the wooded trails of this site now nestled within a residential area, we are reminded that the Club was responsible for establishing Black Hawk State Park in 1927, which was formerly called Watch Tower, and is now a Historic Site.
IA: From Centennial Bridge follow Hwy (11th Street) through Rock Island. Turn left at 46th Avenue (IL Rte 5). After going under the pedestrian bridge, proceed to the Museum and Lodge sign and turn right to the parking lot near the shelter. Watch for HIKE signs.
IL: From I-74 take John Deere Road West (IL Rte 5) to the intersection with Third Street/Blackhawk Road. Follow Blackhawk Road, crossing 24th Street. Turn left at the Museum and Lodge sign, and right into the parking lot.