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Rockford City

Rockford City Hall is located at 425 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104; phone: 815-987-5700.

Lake-Peterson House, ca. 1873, 1313 East State Street, Rockford, IL, National Register

Photo: Lake-Peterson House, ca. 1873, 1313 East State Street, Rockford, IL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by User:Teemu08 (own work), 2010, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2013.

Rockford was incorporated as a village in 1839 and chartered as a city in 1852.

After the Black Hawk War of 1832, the area was settled on the banks of the Rock River in what is now the City of Rockford. Located halfway between Chicago and Galena, this early settlement was known as "Midway Village" but was soon changed to Rockford, after the ford that existed across the Rock River. The river played a major role in the development of the region, serving as a major source of power. [1]

  1. Winnebago County, Illinois, The 2030 Land Resource Management Plan, 2010, www.co.winnebago.il.us, accessed July, 2012.
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