The Army will celebrate local history tonight at the Quad Cities River Bandits game. Last week, the Army Sustainment Command opened a 50-year-old time capsule. Command Historian, George Eaton, says on May 10, 1816, Fort Armstrong was built on Arsenal Island but was only used for twenty years. In 1845, the Army started using it for supply storage.
The historian is very excited about a 16 mm. film found in the capsule. It includes footage of the 1965 Mississippi River Flood. And he hopes it's in good condition so it can be digitized and copied.