With the convenience and proximity to natural resources and transportation, the Riverbend area was developed within and around the confluence of three great rivers. A confluence is the place of meeting, or flowing together, of two or more streams. In this case, it is the meeting place of three important waterways.
From the vantage point of the tower, you can see the convergence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in Hartford, Illinois. Looking north, the Illinois River meets the Mississippi in Grafton, Illinois. The three important waterways led to the development and prosperity of industries, river towns and their people. Each confluence community offers a unique story that has been shaped and defined by the waters of these rivers.