The Quincy of today, which was named an All-American City in 1962-63 and again in 1984-85, is a modern and progressive industrial city in the heart of a large and fertile agriculture area. Present manufacturers include: electronic equipment, air compressors, various kinds of pumps, mining and oil drilling equipment, stoves, wheels, truck and trailer bodies, mineral foods and stock preparations, as well as vegetable oils and various dairy products.
Wide tree-lined streets lead to homes both large and small, and four excellent shopping centers provide quality merchandise for every purpose. In addition to modern elementary and secondary schools, Quincy is fortunate to have Quincy University, an independent co-educational liberal arts university; John Wood Community College, a two-year co-educational college; Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing; Vatterott College, a technical college; The Travel School; and Gem City College of business, horology, cosmetology and fashion merchandising.
Because of its excellent clinical and hospital facilities, Quincy is also known as a regional medical center. Quincy’s churches represent every denomination. Quincy also boasts of a large modern Civic Center, a raceway, nearby county fair grounds, a summer collegiate baseball team called the Quincy Gems, and three Country Club golf courses and one public golf course.
In the natural setting of the hills and bluffs, a system of parks provides many forms of recreation and relaxation. Quincy’s founding fathers believed in preserving the natural beauty of the area; thus the Quincy Park District maintains nearly 700 acres of land in 25 parks around town. Quincy parks provide the setting for sporting activities for athletes of all ages, picnics, camping and swimming in the summer and sledding in the winter. Civil War re-enactments take place in our Riverview Park, local farmers bring their goods to sell at the Farmer’s Market in Washington Park, visitors can feed the ducks that live in South Park, and the Quincy Park Band provides musical entertainment in Madison Park every week during the summer months. Other unique aspects of the Quincy Park District include a 270-slip marina, a miniature golf course, and a batting cage complex.
The Illinois Veterans Home, a state home provided for veterans of Illinois and their spouses, is the largest such facility in the state. Opened in 1887, the Home has another interesting park, open to the public, featuring a lake in the shape of Illinois, a deer herd, peafowl, buffalo family, goats and swans.
The “Villa Katherine,” a Moorish Castle that overlooks the Mississippi River serves as Quincy’s Tourist Information Center. The sole example of Mediterranean architecture along the river, it was built early in the 19th century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Quincy boasts of four major historical districts. The Quincy Historic Business District shows a wide array of architectural styles and displays the affluence of the period from 1850-1930 when Quincy was the most prominent river town in Illinois. Quincy’s East End Historic District contains every formal architectural style found in the Midwest from 1830-1930. This East End area has a collection of Italianate, Greek Revival, Romanesque, Queen Anne and Prairie designs. Quincy’s South End Historic District was the home of Quincy’s German population. The sturdy homes, some ornate and others very simple, stand as reminders of Quincy’s German heritage. The fourth major historical area is Quincy’s North End, containing a collection of Italianate, Queen Anne and Renaissance Revival designs found in the Midwest from 1858-1930.
Quincy is a great place to live and do business!