While the history of Rockford, Illinois may seem short when compared with cities farther east, it has considerable history to share with visitors.
Rockford was founded in 1834-35. Among the founders are Germanicus Kent, Thatcher Blake, Lewis Lemon and Daniel Shaw Haight. The first three came from Galena and were an interesting group that included a former slave. The city is located midway between Chicago and Galena and was for a short time called Midway. However, the ford in the Rock River eventually gave it its permanent name.
Visitors who are interested in local history can find a variety of interesting places to learn about the history of Rockford. With the arrival of the railroad and the creation of the power company, the town changed from an agricultural economy to industry and after the arrival of the Swedes, Rockford became the second largest furniture producing area in the country.
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