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Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Illinois, USA

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Location Category ID: 63100
Added to Database: 15 August 2010
Last Edited: 15 August 2010
Address: RIA Museum, Building 60, North Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61299-5000
Telephone: 309-782-5021
Email:
Opening Times: Tues-Fri: 10 – 4
Sat-Sun: 12 – 4
Official Website: RIA Museum
Other Links: Wikipedia: Rock Island Arsenal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.51984049 , -90.54536819
Location Accuracy: 6
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M2A1 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1935)
2: M2A2 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1936-7)
3: M2A3 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1938)
4: M2A4 Light Tank (Design parent and manufacturer of pilot 1939)
5: M1922 Tank (Completed 1923)
6: M74 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Additional manufacturer 1958)
7: Mark X 4.7in Self-Propelled Gun (Sole manufacturer)
8: Mark VIII Liberty Heavy Tank - US Production (Manufacturer 1919-20)

Long term:
1: XM551 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (AMC – Rock Island until May 1971)
2: M26A1 Pershing Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Converted from M26 – 1952)



The Rock Island Arsenal Museum (formerly the John M. Browning Museum) was established on July 4, 1905. It is the second-oldest US Army Museum in the United States after the West Point Museum. Exhibits focus on the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island’s use as a Union prison camp during the American Civil War. The museum also contains an extensive collection of small arms weapons and an outdoor vehicle display.
The Rock Island Arsenal itself is located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. It lies within the state of Illinois. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816 with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s. In 1919-20 100 of the Anglo-American or Liberty Mark VIII tanks were manufactured there, although too late for World War I.

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June 2009

Naval Systems Command tour of Rock Island Arsenal, US Navy photo
1: Naval Systems Command tour of Rock Island Arsenal, US Na...

Taken: 23 June 2009
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 316
Added: 15 August 2010
Views: 117
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May 2008

Rock Island Arsenal Building No. 1, photo by R.A. Ryan, J. Ceronia and B.A. Harms
2: Rock Island Arsenal Building No. 1, photo by R.A. Ryan, ...

Taken: 1 May 2008
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 315
Added: 15 August 2010
Views: 158
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1898

Fort Armstrong, drawn by A.C. Walker
3: Fort Armstrong, drawn by A.C. Walker

Taken: 1898 (Estimated)
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 314
Added: 15 August 2010
Views: 115
Has Priority: 0