|On September 01, 1854 a cornerstone was laid for the bridge at Davenport, Iowa.|
Included is an excerpt from the Hon. James A Grant's speech:
“All History proves the great path of the World's Commerce to be from East to West; from India to Assyria and Egypt, from
Egypt to Greece and Rome, from Rome to Spain and England, and from England to our own free America. It is certainly the duty
of all wise men not to retard this Westward progress, but rather to hasten it, bearing with it, as it does, that blessed trinity,
Commerce, Civilization, and Christianity; and that we regard all opposition to the workings of this great historic law as among
the insanest of follies."
''Resolved, That in John Warner, the Contractor for the building of the Bridge, we recognize a man who, by reason of natural
capacity, and long experience, is eminently fitted for the great work in his charge. We congratulate him upon his success thus
far, and trust that the winds and waves and seasons may be propitious to him, until he shall have bound together the Eastern and
Western halves of this great valley with an eternal clasp of oak and granite. The first Bridge across the Mississippi!
It will be monumental to his memory, and perpetuate his name as long as the great river it spans flows in majesty beneath it!"