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Color photo showing an unpaved path above the banks of the Rock River.

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A building beside a raised reservoir with a wide vista of surrounding trees and the Rock River.

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Aerial rendering of the crisscross patterns of roads, fields, and buildings that make up Camp Grant. On back: "Lower center is the Recruit Reception Center, where as many as 20,000 new soldiers may be outfitted and processed each month. Top left is…

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Aerial view of the airport on the left with woods and the Rock River on the right separated by a road. On back: "Greater Rockford Airport was established on property, which during World War I and II was a military reservation known as Camp Grant,…

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View across Rock River from the News Tower showing the C.T.U. Building on the West side bank, a boat in the river, and cars on the State Street bridge.

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With the Rock River beyond the buildings and horse and buggies in the street.

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This view is as seen from the Amerock Building. The Lorden Storage building is in the lower, mid-right foreground and the News Tower is across the Rock River to the right in the middle distance.

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A view depicting four motor bridges and one railroad bridge (very bottom) across the Rock River.

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A view looking North showing the Downtown district on the left, with three bridges spanning the Rock River.

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A graphic rendering with a moon peeking through clouds to illuminate the city's buildings on both sides of the Rock River.

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Aerial view of Rockford's buildings on both sides of the Rock River. Two of the city's bridges are in the scene.

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Black and White depiction of buildings across the Rock River, with two large smokestacks in view and a bridge far left. This card is postmarked July 13, 1916.

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Black and White photo of manufacturing buildings on both sides of the Rock River boasting several large smokestacks and railroad tracks far right. What looks to be Ward Pump Company is in the middle foreground.

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Colorful depiction of West Side buildings across the Rock River with tree tops in view lower left.

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Looking across the Rock River at Rockford Wholesale Grocery Company, E. S. Gregory, Uneeda Biscuit, and Red Line Transfer-Storage. A boat is at the bank in front of this row of buildings.

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View of building tops with the Rock River in the middle distance and the other side of the river at the top. This card seems to be postmarked either June or July of 1916.

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Black and White depiction of buildings with the Rock River in the center. This card is postmarked November 27, 1907

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Aerial color view of buildings on both East and West sides of the Rock River.

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Black and White depiction of Rockford's downtown areas with the Rock River in the middle. This card is postmarked January 9, 1905.

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Image of lighted buildings at night with a moon casting its glow on the Rock River.

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Depicts the fields, trees, and the moon shining down on the Rock River.

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A crescent moon shines on a boat in the Rock River while people watch from shore. There is a cannon on the right.

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Depicts East Side (lower portion) and West Side (upper portion) divided by the Rock River, crossed by three bridges in this scene. Faust Hotel is wedge-shaped brick building lower right and the Metro Center is red building with white roof upper left.…

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View looking down on West State Street with the Rock River in the distance and the Court House to the right.

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The News Tower, on the East Side of the Rock River, with the News building branching out on the right.

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Color photograph of the News Tower Building on the East side of the Rock River by the State Street Bridge. Notice the boat pulling a skier in front of the building. On back: "Home of the Rockford Register-Republic and the Rockford Morning Star, and…

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This photograph was taken shortly after the Arrow launch looking north from the east side of the Rock River just north of the State Street bridge. This was the ship's maiden voyage. The Arrow would serve until she sank in 1900. Note the large crowd…

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The State Street bridge frames the background of this wintry scene on the Rock River as skaters enjoy a winter afternoon.

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A small steamboat is anchored near shore with two individuals by a gangplank on the boat. In the foreground it appears that someone has disrobed and placed their clothing on a tree stump. It is highly likely the photo was taken somewhere along the…

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Three men dressed in business wear pose while seated on a bridge railing over the Rock River. The view seems to be looking north and a second bridge appears in the distance. Smokestacks belch out smoke in the background.

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Two women stand on the bank of the Rock River. One has a parasol in hand. A large limestone bluff appears in the background.

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This photograph appears to be looking west across the Rock River at the Chick Mill Works just south of the Chicago, Milwaukee, & Gary Railroad bridge.

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This photograph was taken from a higher position on the river shore looking down at a bend in the Rock River. There are rooflines to the right of center but it is unclear what the structures might be.

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Two men relax in a small wooden sailing skiff on what appears to be the Rock River. A small headsail and mainsail are deployed to catch the wind.

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This photograph looks west across the Rock River at Harlem Avenue (National Avenue) homes. Railroad tracks run in the foreground and cross a small bridge. This photo may have been taken from what would become the Sinnissippi Park bluffs north of…

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This photograph was taken looking north from a bluff on the west side of the Rock River. The Chicago & Iowa Railway tracks are in the foreground. The Illinois Central Railroad trestle bridge appears in the background with the National Sugar and Syrup…

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The Arrow, Rockford's first public steamboat, was launched on the Rock River in 1885 and served well until sinking in 1900. This photograph looks north up the Rock River. The boat was launched next to Fred G. Shoudy's Wholesale grocery business at…

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A large wooded limestone bluff dominates this river scene. A small "clamming" boat appears in the left background. The location of this scene is not known.

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Dredging on the Rock River was not an unusual sight in the late 1890s. The floating dredging barge seen in this photo was probably in use for increasing the depth of the channel. Similar dredging also took place for harvesting freshwater clams and…

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This photo looks southwest from the Sinnissippi Park area toward Harlem Avenue (National Avenue and Harlem Boulevard) and its riverfront homes.

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A very large group of people stand on the ice on either side of the Rock River and also on the East State Street bridge. This photograph was taken looking southeast. Rockford High School and Rockford Watch Company rooflines are visible just to the…

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American House Hotel, 127 N. Madison Street, sat at the southeast corner of Market and Madison Streets in Rockford near the east side of the Rock River. It was one of many early hotels in the city.

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Dredging on the Rock River (and other northern Illinois rivers) was not an unusual sight in the late 1890s. The floating dredging barge seen in this photograph was probably in use for increasing the depth of the channel. Similar dredging also took…

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During the winter, the Rock River became a popular place for citizens to ice skate. This photograph was taken directly north of the State Street bridge looking east. The Rockford Wholesale Grocery building is in the background. This photograph may…

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It is unclear where this photograph was taken on the Rock River. Several church steeples appear on the right (Second Congregational?). The industrial area around Rockford High School and the Rockford Watch Factory are also visible to the right.

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A small steam-powered boat is at the shore near some large wooded bluffs. The pipe-smoking captain holds the wheel and looks at the photographer. As personal watercraft on the Rock River, steamboats were not common at the time. This photograph may…

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The Sinnissippi Park Lagoon was acquired by the Rockford Park District in 1909. The lagoon sits on the east side of the Rock River below Sinnissippi Park, which is to the west. This photograph was taken looking north along the path of the Rock River…

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In 1890, the East State Street bridge in downtown Rockford was replaced with a new bridge. The old bridge was cut into large sections and floated down river to create a new Chestnut Street bridge. This photograph captures one of those sections being…

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During the winter, the Rock River became a popular place for citizens to ice skate. This photograph was taken directly north of the State Street bridge looking east. The Rockford Wholesale Grocery building is in the background. (Reference -…

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View of Rockford's east side showing prominent Rockford buildings and businesses between the East State Street and Chestnut Street bridges, from left to right: Republic Building, Rockford YMCA Building, Rockford Steam Boiler, and Watchmaker's…

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A horse-drawn carriage moves across this bridge from left to right. Pedestrians are also present on the bridge and another bridge is visible in the background. A small canoe with two paddlers can be seen to the right. It is unclear which Rock River…

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Two young men pose on one of the cross girders supporting the truss bridge that served the Chicago & Northwestern and Union Pacific railroads. The bridge was built in 1896 and had a 119 foot span across the river. Its type of construction is called a…

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Dredging on the Rock River was not an unusual sight in the late 1890s. There are two people in a small boat in the lower portion.The barge and the boat are both by a trestle bridge. The floating dredging barge seen in this photograph was probably in…

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This photograph may have been taken from the Sinnissippi Park area looking west across the Rock River at the homes built on Harlem Avenue (National Avenue and Harlem Boulevard).

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West State Street is to the left, looking east to the Rock River, and the courthouse building is to the right.

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This postcard looks east at the library building showing the Rock River behind it.

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The view is looking west from the Rock River, showing the library building on the left and Memorial Hall behind it, to the right. This card is postmarked May 20 but the year is unreadable.

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Looking west across the Rock River at the library building with a paddle boat on the river nearby and throngs of people in front anticipating Theodore Roosevelt's visit, possibly in June 1903 to dedicate the Veterans Memorial Hall, seen to the right…

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This view of the newspaper building, located at 97 E. State Street, on the east side of the Rock River, looks west at the State Street bridge and Rockford's downtown area beyond that on the west side of the river.

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This black and white photograph, possibly used in the Rockford Register Star newspaper, depicts the News Tower building at 97 E. State Street, with its parking lot to the left, the Rock River to the right, and East State Street turning into the State…
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