The City of Quincy combines the romance of the mighty Mississippi River with local history, nature, and arts and architecture. Just across the river from Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Port of Quincy is an integral part of the Nation's history and development, including the story of the Mormons.
The Port of Quincy has a humid continental climate characterized by large seasonal temperature differences, experiencing both warm to hot summers and sometimes severely cold winters. Temperatures range from an average high of 31.6°C (89°F) in July to an average low of -8.8°C (16°F) in January.
The Port of Quincy contains four important historic districts. The Quincy Historic Business District reflects the steamboat and shipping era from the mid-1900s to 1930 when the Port of Quincy was the State's most important river town. The Port of Quincy's East End typifies formal architectural styles that include Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque, and Prairie styles that were popular from 1830 to 1930.
Home to much of the city's German population, the South End Historic District in the Port of Quincy contains durable homes with German influences ranging from plain and simple to elaborate and ornate. The North End in the Port of Quincy contains architectural styles popular in the Midwest from the middle 19th Century to 1930 (Queen Anne, Italianate, and Renaissance Revival).
Visitors to the Port of Quincy will be enchanted by Dollhouses Then & Now, a very special museum that contains more than 60 vintage furnished doll houses dating from the 1920s. The doll houses reflect popular styles in both architecture and furnishings over time. Kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, the 1949 Disney House, and the 1924 Tootsie Toy house.
Indian Mounds Park and Pool is one of the few places open to the public where Native American mounds can be visited. Within this Port of Quincy park are eight burial mounds and a walking timeline that explains the mounds. A building within the park, the Carthage Jail, was used as a jail for a quarter century and then bought by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) bought the property. Visitors can take a tour of the Old Carthage Jail that tells of the life and goals of Joseph Smith. The Smiths were murdered on the second floor of the building.
The Granite Bank Gallery in the Port of Quincy is one of the city's gems. Preserving the old bank interiors, the building now holds a coffee shop and several gift shops. The building boasts hand-laid tile mosaic floors and two-story ceilings decorated with wood and iron. Built in 1892, the building was neglected after the bank closed in 1932 until the 1970s when it was restored. Each day, the Granite Bank Gallery in the Port of Quincy attracts a variety of shoppers, architecture buffs, wine aficionados, and espresso addicts who enjoy lingering in this unique and historic setting.