Downtown, 19th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Title

Downtown, 19th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Description

A collection of photographs showing street scenes, buildings, businesses, and landmarks in Rockford's downtown district in the nineteenth century. The majority of the images range between 1880 and 1893.

Date

1850-1895

Collection Items

Aerial View of North Main Street.
The roof of Memorial Hall can be seen in the middle background. At the corner is believed to be the People's Church of the Christian Union Unity Hall ( early location of the Unitarian Church). At the extreme right is the domed roof of the Public…

Northwest Corner of State and Church Streets, Rockford, Ill.
This snowy wintry scene shows many people bundled against the cold, several in horse-drawn sleighs. H. N. Starr & Co. Hardware is next to a bakery and W. Andrews & Son is in the H. S. Post Co. building on the corner. The photo is dated March 1, 1890.…

Corner of State, Kishwaukee, and Third Streets.
This lively intersection shows a horse-drawn trolley (left) before the advent of electric streetcars, and Woodard & Parks, Fresh & Salt Meats, next to a Paper Hangings establishment on the right.

Rock River and Railroad Bridge.
Looking south from the old Holland House, this photograph shows the shanties by the river and the old Chicago Union Railroad Bridge (now Northwestern) in the distance.

West State and Main Streets, Looking East.
A view looking east on West State Street with the Golden Eagle Clothing House and C. F. Henry clothing store in the same building on the far left at 211-213 W. State. Next door, A. C. Deming is just to the right of these.

Rockford, Ill., West State Street.
This scene shows the Rockford Abstract Co. (far left) and the C. F. Henry store (just right of center).

East State Street Looking West from Madison Street Corner.
This photograph looks west from the corner of East State and Madison Streets. Rockford Shoe Store can be seen on the left. The photo is labeled as being taken on April 29, 1890. For an additional view, see photo 83.45.96.

West State Street Looking East.
This photograph shows the view on West State Street looking east from Court Street.

First Block of West State Street.
A view depicting the north side of State Street just west of the Rock River. Pictured are Forest City Insurance Co. and Rockford National Bank (left) and the State Street Bridge (right) originally known as City Bridge. For an additional view, see…

West State Street, Rockford.
This photograph displays the north side of the 500 block of West State Street in Rockford.

Seventh Street, Rockford.
This photograph shows an unknown section of 7th Street. No businesses can be accurately identified to ascertain exact location and time. For an additional view, see photo 83.45.89.

Seventh Street.
This photograph shows an unknown section of 7th Street. No businesses can be accurately identified to ascertain exact location and time.

East State Street, 500 Block.
A view depicting the 500 block of East State Street. The M. Hilliard store (left), located at 509 E. State, was run by Martin Hilliard, dealer in family groceries, teas, coffees, spices, produce, provisions, crockery, and glass ware.

D. J. Stewart and Company, South Main Street.
This photograph shows the Chick House Hotel (left) next to the D. J. Stewart and Co. building housing Rockford Business College.

West State Street.
With a streetcar in the center of the dirt road, Rockford Business College can be seen on the left, 306-310 West State Street. This photograph has a large missing piece in the upper right portion. For additional views, see photos 83.45.111 and…

West State Street.
With a streetcar in the center of the dirt road, Rockford Business College can be seen on the left, 306-310 West State Street. For an additional view, see photo 83.45.112.

East State Street, Rockford.
This photograph depicts a dirt-packed East State Street with horse-drawn wagon traffic. Note Fredriksen & Anderson on the far left awning next to the Candy Factory.

South Main Street.
An early view of South Main Street with Winnebago National Bank on one corner (left) and Brown Stewart Dry Goods on the next.

Looking East on West State Street Towards the Rock River.
This view looks east down West State Street; the Rock River is seen in the middle distance. The buildings on the left include the Golden Eagle Clothing House, C. F. Henry & Co., and Atkinson Tailoring Co. The first building far right is John R.…

West State Street, 400 Block.
This West State Street scene depicts wagons, pedestrians, and even a bicyclist in front of businesses in the 400 block. Note the ad on the building's side: "'I AM FOR MEN' Henry George 5 cent cigar."

Looking West on West State Street.
A photograph depicting many of West State's busiest businesses: A. C. Deming's; C. F. Henry's; Majestic Lunch; A. E. Hart & Co. Real Estate & Loans; and Hutchins' Insurance.

West State Street from City Bridge.
This view depicts a busy street lined with many horse-drawn buggies and wagons. The Forest City Insurance Co. and Atkinson Tailoring Co., 209 W. State, are on the right. See also photo 83.45.95.

Rockford in 1853, Looking West from Madison Street.
The Rock River is in the middle of this photograph, dividing Rockford's east side (lower portion) and west side (upper part). Notice the early and crude State Street Bridge, originally called City Bridge. The First Baptist Church is seen in the…

First Block of West State Street.
A view depicting the north side of State Street just west of the Rock River. Pictured are Forest City Insurance Co. and Rockford National Bank (left) and the State Street Bridge (right) originally known as City Bridge.

Y.M.C.A. Building, Rockford.
A sepia-toned image of the grand Y.M.C.A. building at the corner of Madison and East State Streets.

East State Street Looking West from Madison Street Corner.
This photograph looks west from the corner of East State and Madison Streets. Rockford Shoe Store can be seen on the left. The photo is labeled as being taken on April 29, 1890.

West State Street, 100 Block.
A view of the north side of West State Street's 100 block. Businesses depicted include (left to right): the Rockford Academy, Rockford National Bank, and Forest City Tailoring Co.

West State Street Near Wyman Street.
This photograph shows the south side of West State near Wyman Street. The Gazette Building, housing the newspaper offices and Steam Printing above, is seen next to E. C. Prouty Boots and Shoes with Dentist Bryant Kerr above. See also photo 83.45.98.

West State Street Near Wyman Street.
This photograph shows the south side of West State near Wyman Street. The Gazette Building, housing the newspaper offices and Steam Printing above, is seen next to E. C. Prouty Boots and Shoes with Dentist Bryant Kerr above. See also photo 83.45.102.

West State Street.
This view depicts a busy street lined with many horse-drawn buggies and wagons. The Forest City Insurance Co. and Atkinson Tailoring Co., 209 W. State, are on the right.

Levi Moulthrop.
The white-bearded gentleman in this photograph is Levi Moulthrop, a leading dry goods merchant at 324 East State Street.

Court House Area.
This photograph looks southeast at Rockford's downtown district from the roof of the court house. The Rock River can be seen in the middle distance with Rockford's east side beyond.

West State Street Looking Northwest from Main Street.
A view looking at the block from the northwest side of the intersection of West State and Main Streets with Rockford Insurance Company on the corner (right). For an additional depiction, see photo 2011.1.85.

West to East Across the Rock River.
This view looks from the west side of Rockford across the Rock River to the east side between the Chestnut Street Bridge (right) and the State Street Bridge (left).

West State and Main Streets Looking West.
With a streetcar in the center of the dirt road, H. H. Waldo and Rockford Business College can be seen on the left, and a dry goods store is on the right.

West State and Main Streets.
A panel view depicting busy West State from its intersection with Main Street. The large building on the right is Rockford Insurance Company.

Corner of West State and Main Streets.
This view looks east down West State Street; the Rock River is seen in the middle distance. The buildings on the left include the Golden Eagle Clothing House, C. F. Henry & Co., and Atkinson Tailoring Co. The first building far right is John R.…

East State Street Looking West.
Looking west up the middle of East State, this photograph shows the rails in the street, several bicycles and horse-drawn buggies and wagons as well as pedestrians. The Y.M.C.A. is the last building depicted in the distance at the right, at the…

East State Street, 300 Block.
The buildings in this block include Thompson & Co., Southgate Hodgson, Fralet's Drug Store, and the Third National Bank. Horse-drawn wagons wait in the dirt street.
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