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West Quincy is a small commercial area in northeastern Marion County, Missouri, United States, on U.S. Route 24. It has no permanent residents.

History

West Quincy is directly across the Mississippi River from Quincy, Illinois and once housed a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy train station, drive-in theater, and corporation. However, since the Great Flood of 1993, many businesses have left.

Knapheide was the corporation once located here, it is now located in the north end of Quincy, Illinois. A tornado hit the drive-in theater and nearly crossed to Quincy but receded once it hit the bluffs.

During the flood of 1993, the levee was sabotaged and water filled the floodplain, and a nearby barge was sucked into the break in the levee. It hit a local gas station and caused an explosion.[1] Oil caught fire and the fire snaked across the water before it extinguished itself. All of the Quincy bridges--the only links across the river from Missouri to Illinois for 200 miles--were closed. One bridge, the Bayview Bridge, was closed for 71 days.[2] This forced residents to drive to St. Louis or the Quad Cities, fly or take a ferry to get across the river.

A man from the Illinois side of the river, James Scott, was convicted of causing the flood and was sentenced to life in prison.

References

Coordinates: 39°55′34″N 91°26′27″W / 39.92611°N 91.44083°W / 39.92611; -91.44083

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