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Unfortunately, we were not permitted to enter the Island. As Canadian citizens, we were not allowed onto the island since it is a active military facility. It's a shame because we are very interested in the history. :(
This exhibit is along the main road in Rock Island Arsenal and is easy to find and visit. It is much more than the Atomic cannon - there are artillery and armor pieces exhibited as well. Some captured pieces are displayed as well.
If you get a chance to go onto Rock Island Arsenal there is a lot of wonderful history here - to include a selection of different types of cannons and other weapons at their Memorial Park - see all the other attractions and learn a...More
We loved this outdoor tank park with a shot up M4 sherman and many other guns and afv's. The M55 arty was awesome to see, right from our world of tanks game.
Star of Show is the Atomic cannon, it could shoot tact nukes, or...More
As a retiree from the Rock Island Arsenal, I love driving on the island. There so so much beauty and history at the Arsenal. Memorial Park is a great place for a picnic lunch, let the kids play at the park, and it's always so...More
It doesn't get much cooler than saying you saw an atom bomb lobbing howitzer. YouTube Atomic Betty to see test footage of this canon from the 1950s. This displays is a great center piece to an awesome outdoor museum. Don't forget the indoor one just...More