For next Sunday's Big Story, I'm continuing our Off Limits Places series with a tour of the former Hostess plant on East River Drive in Davenport.
Although frequently dubbed "The Twinkie Factory," the golden, cream-field sponge cakes never were made there. For most of its life, the plant primarily made cakes, doughnuts and bread: Wonder Bread.
The old plant now is getting new life as an apartment building with truly great Mississippi River views.
On the plant tour, I took along a 44-year employee who worked there until 2012 — even after the distribution operation had closed.
Many more Quad-Citians have memories of the plant, and I would love to include some in the upcoming Big Story.
Please send your recollections to me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer snail mail, our address is 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa, 52801.