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This building, in the 300 block of South Main at Chestnut Street, houses several businesses: the Loop Tavern; a leather store; and a barber shop and beauty parlor. Another lunch counter and Goodyear's are up the street (to the right in the photo).

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This view looks west across the brick-paved Chestnut Street Bridge. Behind the Texaco station on the left stands the majestic Hotel Nelson, and on the right is the equally impressive Brown Building behind the electric company in the foreground.

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An aerial photograph showing the Rock River splitting the city while its bridges connect Rockford's West side (left) with the East side (right).

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This aerial photograph is looking from south to north across Rockford's West side. The Rock River and its many bridges can be seen to the right in the photo.

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A view looking southwest across the Rock River at Rockford's West side. The Chestnut Street Bridge spans the photo and the U.S. flag in the lower left corner is the end of the Rockford Register Star newspaper building. GC Electronics Co. is in the…

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This photograph looks from Rockford's East side across the Rock River to the West side. Illinois National Bank can be seen in the photo's center; to the right of this is the Henry Lindberg Furniture store and next to this is Litton Dental.

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This photograph looks from Rockford's West side across the Rock River to the East side. The Daily Republic newspaper building at 97-99 E. State Street can be seen far left, and the Watchmaker's Institute can be seen far right.

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This aerial photograph shows Broadway (just right of center), Charles St. running diagonally through Broadway, and Alpine Road perpendicular to Charles in the upper portion. The early stages of development for the Colonial Village Mall can be seen in…

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A view of W. State Street looking east toward the Rock River. Businesses on the left include Woolworth's, Rockford Dry Goods, and Kepner's Shoes at 213 1/2 W. State. On the right are Stuckey Suits, the National Hotel (308 W. State), and the John R.…

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This black and white photograph shows a wintry scene in the 400 block of 7th Street. The A. G. Ogren Music Co., located at 415-417 7th Street, is on the right. For an additional view looking down the street from the opposite direction, see photo…

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This black and white photograph shows a wintry view of the 400 block of 7th Street. The A. G. Ogren Music Co., located at 415-417 7th Street, is on the left.

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A view from the southwest downtown area looking northeast toward Jefferson Street Bridge and beyond.

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This aerial view of the Court House Square shows the majestically white and domed structure of the Court House flanked by (bottom then clockwise) W. State, N. Church, Elm, and N. Court Streets.

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A view of S. Main Street looking south from W. State Street. Note the rails in the middle of the brick roadway.

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This photograph looks west down E. State Street toward the Madison Street intersection and beyond. The Chicago Hotel & Restaurant can be seen on the right.

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A black and white photograph depicting the Rockford Motor Hotel, 317-319 N. Main Street, which opened ca. 1928, billed as a facility providing auto storage, washing, and greasing as well as a filling station. Next door is Wendt Drug Store (John F.)…

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A black and white photograph depicting the Rockford Motor Hotel, 317-319 N. Main Street, which opened ca. 1928, billed as a facility providing auto storage, washing, and greasing as well as a filling station. Next door is Wendt Drug Store (John F.)…

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This newspaper photograph shows buildings on Rockford's West side reflected in the Rock River. Rockford's civic arena, the 10,000-seat Metro Centre, is in the background slightly to the left of middle. This facility had just opened the previous month…

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A slice of Rockford showing west side downtown churches, businesses, and homes. The Rock River winds it way in the upper right portion of the photo.

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This photograph displays the formidable structure of the Rockford Morning Star newspaper building located at 129 N. Wyman Street. Note the streetcar rails curving through the brick roadway.

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This black and white bird's-eye view shows Wyman Street, with the Water Works tower and the public library's dome, to the right, and N. Main Street on the left with the Coronado Theatre's sign in the distance.

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This photograph looks south with S. Main Street to the right where the Illinois Hotel, located at 209-211 S. Main, can be seen.

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This black and white photograph depicts the Rockford Motor Hotel, 317-319 N. Main Street, which opened ca. 1928, billed as a facility offering services for auto storage, washing, greasing, and a filling station. Next door is Wendt Drug Store (John…

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The text underneath this newspaper photograph reads: "The Rock River sort of disappeared for a short time during the night on Monday (Nov. 24, 1980) and left these docks high and dry. The water locks on Fordham Dam opened and dropped the level of the…

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This photograph shows the Illinois Central Railroad crossing on S. Main Street. The Rockford Real Estate and Loan Co., 1010 S. Main, is on the left in front of the Illinois Central Freight House. The back of the photo reads: "New brick pavement laid…

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A wonderful aerial photograph depicting the Rock River splitting Rockford's West side (left) from the East side (right).

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A depiction of downtown Rockford from the air displaying mostly commercial centers on the west side (lower left portion) and residential districts branching out on the east side (upper right part).

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This photograph shows Rockford's West side (left) and the bridges over the Rock River that connect to the East side (right).

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This aerial photograph displays Rockford's East (right) and West (left) sides bisected by the Rock River. Part of the airplane's wing can be seen in the left portion of the photo.

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Tucked between Mrs. Trufant's and the Swiss Laundry is the Norris Art Shop, located at 221 E. State Street.

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The Hess Brothers built a large department store at E. State and 3rd Streets (516-528 E. State).

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Thomas Chick purchased the Griggs House Hotel and started the Chick House Hotel in 1888 at the corner of Main and Elm Streets. This photograph looks south down Main Street. The sign on the side of the building for the Illinois Hotel can be seen…

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This aerial photograph depicts an unknown section of downtown with a more residential-looking district in the forefront and industrial smokestacks peeking through in the background.

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A view of the State Street Bridge facing west. With flags flying and crowds of people, this scene is a parade of some sort. The newspaper building is across the bridge in the middle and the library building's dome can be seen to the right.

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A double photograph of a lady carrying a package down West State Street. An overhanging sign in the background proclaims Bolender Jewelers at 313 W. State.

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This hazy black and white photograph depicts the Winnebago County Courthouse in the background (left) on W. State Street with F. D. Goddard's and the State Hotel nearby. For an additional view, see photo 85.109(I).905.88

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A view of downtown Rockford showing Ashton's Dry Goods Store, 301-305 W. State Street, at the corner of W. State and N. Main Streets.

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This photograph looks south down Main Street. The sign for the Chick House Hotel at Main and Elm Streets is visible in the lower middle foreground while the sign on the side of the building for the Illinois Hotel can be seen further down the block.

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This photograph depicts a business and industrial downtown scene featuring Rockford Silver Plate Company, 202-206 S. Wyman at Elm Street.

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In this scene, the National Hotel, 308 W. State Street, is on the left and the Armstrong Clothing building is in the background.

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Located on Preston Street, Waterworks Park, with its tower looming in the distance, is pictured next to the Rock River. A steam ship is anchored at the west bank.

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This sidelong glance along a building shows W. State Street looking east across the State Street Bridge at E. State Street. A man can be seen crossing W. State, trolley lines traverse down the center of the road, and poles carry electric wires down…

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A photograph of an Adams Express wagon (a business located at 203 W. State Street) in front of Rockford's Grand Opera House located at 113-117 N. Wyman Street.

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A black and white photograph showing Doxee & Son (J. L and R. E.) Shoes, 407 E. State Street, and the Fritz Cafe.

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This photographic reprint of a postcard shows W. State looking east to the Rock River with Rockford Abstract Company located at 313 W. State (far left) and C. F. Henry's Clothing Store (right of center).

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A photograph depicting the Elms Hotel and D. J. Stewart at 115 S. Main Street, building erected in 1890.

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This photograph of the northwest corner of Court House Square shows the Lerch & Son (C. A. and C. C.) restaurant located at 427 W. State Street.

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The limestone building pictured occupied 118-120 S. Main Street in a busy area of downtown Rockford. This structure housed the New American Theatre (N. A. T.).

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Thomas Chick purchased the Griggs House Hotel and started the Chick House Hotel in 1888 at the corner of Main and Elm Streets. This photograph looks south down Main Street. The sign on the side of the building for the Illinois Hotel can be seen…

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This reprint photograph depicts a busy West State Street, crowded with trolley cars, horse-and-buggies, and pedestrians, stretching east toward the Rock River.

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A view of Ashton's building on the corner of N. Main and W. State Streets in downtown Rockford.

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This hazy black and white photograph depicts the Winnebago County Courthouse in the background (left) on W. State Street with F. D. Goddard's and the State Hotel nearby.

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Construction of an unidentified downtown structure.

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The tower looms above Waterworks Park on Preston Street by the bank of the Rock River.

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This black and white photograph shows the exterior of the Norris Art Shop located at 221 E. State Street. Note the pedestrians on the sidewalk and the early automobile parked at the curb by an ornate lamppost.

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This is a photograph on a postcard of a young man in coat and hat, and another figure cut off extreme right, standing along the Rock River in winter with many ice blocks piled on the shoreline.

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This crowd is for Theodore Roosevelt, who came to Rockford on June 3, 1903 to dedicate Memorial Hall. The gathering is assembled at the Illinois Central Railroad Depot on S. Main Street. A parade is marching through the expectant crowd.

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This crowd is for Theodore Roosevelt, who came to Rockford on June 3, 1903 to dedicate Memorial Hall. The gathering is assembled at the Illinois Central Railroad Depot on S. Main Street.

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A trolley car is in the street and pedestrians line both sides. Banners, flags, and "welcome" signs hang above the street. A Piggly Wiggly grocery store is on the right.

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This black and white aerial photograph shows Sinnissippi Park and its surroundings just east of the Rock River, including the lagoon and N. 2nd Street (both extreme left).
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