On June 5, 1903, the City of Gilbert, Iowa incorporated under a new name of “Bettendorf” after two brothers – William and Joseph Bettendorf – relocated their railroad car factory called the Bettendorf Company to prime riverfront property… paying only $100 for the land!
A lot has changed in 120 years. To celebrate its past, present, and future, the City of Bettendorf is holding a 120th Birthday Bash in June 2023.
Bettendorf Brothers Drawing“On the heels of the success of our Zip Code Day last May (5/27/22), we are excited to announce this citywide celebration,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher. “Zip Code Day captivated our entire area, and we intend to do the same with an annual event that commemorates Bettendorf’s Birthday every June.”
Similar to Zip Code Day, the City is encouraging businesses in Bettendorf to host their own celebratory events throughout the day on Friday, June 2, 2023 (which also happens to be “National Leave The Office Early” Day!). Visit www.bettevents.org to share your plans with the community. The City will be providing t-shirts, koozies, and drink coasters (when applicable) to those participating businesses and organizations who pre-register at www.bettevents.org by May 15, 2023.
As part of the festivities on June 2, the City is holding a 120th Birthday Bash at 3:30pm at Faye’s Field, located near the Family Museum and the Bettendorf Public Library. The short, but sweet one-hour long event will include live music, activities for kids, treats, and more.