The 12th annual Henry Farnam Dinner to be held March 27, 2015, will celebrate the life and work of Ralph Modjeski, who designed the 1896 Government Bridge between Rock Island and Davenport as his first bridge project.
Modjeski, called “America’s greatest bridge builder,” went on to design and construct dozens of bridges in North America, including the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and several bridges on the Mississippi River.
Modjeski capped his career by contributing to the design of the first span of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge (now part of the I-74 bridge), which first connected Moline with Bettendorf in 1935.
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Tickets for the dinner at Jumer's Hotel & Casino, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island, are $40 per person. The cash bar, viewing of displays and raffle ticket sales begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:20 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m.