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A large group of uniformed men proceed west on West State Street crossing Main Street. The uniformed group appears to be members of the Masonic Knights Templar. Note businesses along the route: Porters Drug Store, 302 W. State; and Skinner Tailor,…

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Circus wagons proceed east, passing the 400 block of West State street at the intersection with Church Street toward downtown Rockford. The Interurban rails are clearly present. Note businesses along the route: T. N. Miller, MD, at 401 W State and W.…

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This photograph of the Tinker Swiss Cottage suspension bridge was taken from below the cottage looking west. A man stands on a small Kent Creek dam in the foreground. The suspension bridge was replaced after being washed away in an 1890 flood.

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A previous notation indicated that this photograph was taken in November 1890 at the Rockford Seminary. Three young women, one with dumbells, pose in the photograph.

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This photograph, taken from the corner of Church and Elm Streets looking northwest, shows preparation for a hanging adjacent to the courthouse. The crowd may be gathering prior to the hanging of Clinton St. Clair on April 15, 1910, on the grounds of…

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A photograph of Queen Jumbo, a circus elephant, proceeding west past the 300 block of East State Street. Note the three businesses along the route: W. E. Dolk, photographer, at 304 E. State Street; Frank G. Smith, harnessmaker, at 306 E. State…

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Dr. George S. Haskell and his brother-in-law, John Edwards, donated the land for Haskell Park, which was formally known as the West Side Public Square. The fountain supposedly was built over a Native American burial ground.

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This dirt street town scene features horse-drawn wagons pulled up in front of storefronts on a main street. It is unclear where this photograph was taken.

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This photograph was taken looking south at the southeast corner of Tinker Swiss Cottage. The suspension bridge is visible to the right.

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Two early automobiles appear in an alley. The auto in the foreground may be a 1906 Williams Electric Runabout or a Veracity Runabout with a 2-cylinder gas engine. The location in Rockford of this photograph is unclear.

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This photograph, taken on Elm Street looking west, shows preparation for a hanging adjacent to the courthouse. St. Mary's Oratory at 517 Elm Street appears in the background just left of center. The crowd may be gathering prior to the hanging of…

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A large group gathers in front and within a two-story gazebo in one of Rockfords' parks. A person on a "pennyfarthing" (high wheel) bicycle leans against the gazebo on the right. This photograph appears to have been taken in the autumn or early…

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The Second Congregational Church was founded in 1849. On February 20, 1894, the church was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt at the same location at 318 N. Church Street where it serves its congregation today. On December 19, 1979, fire again…

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Seven men in business outfits and bowler hats recline on a grassy area in front of numerous carriages and surreys moving behind them in a wooded park setting. It is unclear in which Rockford park this photograph was taken (e.g. Fairgrounds Park,…

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Taken prior to the hanging of Clinton St. Clair on April 15, 1910, this photograph shows the grounds of the County Jail and Courthouse as county officials and others rehearse for the hanging. St. Clair's hanging was the fourth and last hanging in…

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Two fishermen appear in this photograph with other possible family members. The grassy opening is surrounded by woods. This may be the Kishwaukee River.

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The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic, the Union in the Civil War) Banner hangs at the corner of South Main and West State Streets looking northeast. GAR was founded on April 6, 1866, on the principles of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty. (Reference -…

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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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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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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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A large crowd has gathered to watch a single balloonist ascend above them, not an uncommon sight in the late 1890s and early 1900s. For example, on August 20, 1899, Madame Louise De Leon, wife of local Professor Hoffman, ascended from Harlem Park…

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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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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 north up Main Street. Rockford Business College occupied the D. J. Stewart building right next door…

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This photograph, taken in front of the South Main Street entrance to the Nelson Hotel, features a very unique three-person bicycle. The hotel, at 306 S. Main Street, was opened in 1893 at the corner of S. Main and Chestnut Streets. William Nelson…

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This photograph may have been taken prior to the hanging of Clinton St. Clair on April 15, 1910 on the grounds of the County Jail and Courthouse. St. Clair's hanging was the fourth and last hanging in Winnebago County. The other three hangings took…

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A large crowd has gathered to watch as a hot air balloon is being inflated for flight. There are what appear to be homes and some larger exposition-type buildings in the background. Ballooning was not an uncommon sight in the late 1890s and early…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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This photograph features several tents, horse-drawn buggies, and people strolling. This may be the County Fairgrounds on the west side of Rockford. The event as well as the names of individuals and organizations are unknown.

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This well-dressed group of men and women sit under a "Carcaluly Camp" banner in an opening within a wooded area. Several individuals are holding musical instruments in the foreground in addition to a bicycle laying on its side. A hammock or two are…

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Ten well-dressed children pose for this photograph while sitting on a front porch railing. The location and the names of the children are unknown. Also see photo 88.122.664.

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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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The closed-course race is about to start for these nine cyclists at the Fairgrounds (aka Fairgrounds Park). This event may have taken place during the county fair typically held in September. Cycling competitions were quite common in Rockford of…

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A fire carriage sits close to a hot air balloon, which lays on its side as a crowd gathers. There are buildings in the distant background. Ballooning was not an uncommon sight in the late 1890s and early 1900s. For example, on August 20, 1899, Madame…

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A long parade makes its way down a paved Rockford street with Interurban tracks. It appears to be 7th Street. The parade is led by several women riding side-saddle with horse-drawn wagons bringing up the rear. Numerous parasols have been deployed…

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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 the East State Street Interurban/Rockford Street Railway Company line looking east possibly from the current 9th Street, East State Street intersection.

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On stage comprising the (2) guitar(s) and (2) mandolin(s) quartet are Bert Parmele, Carl Ross, L. Harold Clark, and H. W. Wililams. In 1902, professional musicians in Rockford formed the Rockford Musical Association, an affiliate of the American…

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A large group of performers pose on stage for this photograph. Some are in black face. This may be the stage of the Grand Opera House on N. Wyman Street. However, there were several other performance venues at the time: the Bijou, the Mendelssohn…

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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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Seven well-dressed men sit on a porch railing in this photograph. The names of the men and their location are unknown.

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A small creek flows between the high and narrow passage separating the limestone bluffs In this photograph. The location is unknown. Also see photos 88.122.666, 88.122.687, 88.122.701, and 88.122.715.

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A large group of children pose for this photograph in costume. The location and the event are unknown.

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In this photograph, a large group of costumed boys and girls pose on a small "stage" area with a hanging wall prop in the background. It is unclear where this photograph was taken, but it is highly probable that it's in one of Rockford's elementary…

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This photograph appears to show a large group of African-American men that may have been assembled as a work crew at an event. A long wooden structure appears in the background. The glass plate negative for this photo is broken into several pieces in…

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This photograph, looking southwest, captures the Rockford Military Band and a large group of Rockford Police Officers awaiting President Theodore Roosevelt at the Illinois Central Train Depot on South Main Street. The President dedicated the new…

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A woman stands in a wooded clearing with a dog. She is holding what appears to be a 12-gauge shotgun and wearing a full-length dress, which wouldn't be typical for hunting.

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In this photograph, taken in a rural area with farm fields, a hunter aims his shotgun across a field while two dogs patiently standby hoping to fetch a downed bird.

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This photograph may have been taken on either the Kishwaukee or the Rock River. A log hut with a pier juts into the river. A wood-branch weir (an enclosure of stakes to trap and/or keep fish) sits in the water possibly to keep the catch of the day…

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This photograph shows a large group of County Bar Association (Winnebago) members gathered in a wooded area for a clam bake at Macktown Forest Preserve, about 12 miles north of Rockford on the banks of the Rock River near present day Rockton, IL.…

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This photograph prominently features a large, wall-mounted elk (deer?) head with an atypical antler on one side.

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A large group of well-dressed children, three women, and a dog pose under a tree in the yard of a large home. The people and the location are unknown.

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Steam engine 18 and crew idle in the railroad yard while posing for this photograph. It is highly likely that this photograph was taken in the Illinois Central yard on South Main Street.

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A large crowd has gathered at the Fairgrounds (aka Agricultural Society) for a horse show. The track is visible in the foreground with the grandstand and concession areas visible in the background. The Fairgrounds were bordered by Avon Street on the…

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A doubles game is in progress on the Tuxedo Tennis Club cinder court at the corner of Elm and S. Winnebago Streets. Similar photographs of club members and another view of this court can be found in photos 88.122.762, 88.122.714, and 88.122.695.

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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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D. Fay, a pacer horse owned by Fred Moffatt, poses with its sulky (a lightweight, two-wheeled vehicle for harness racing) and driver in front of a stable. Fred Moffatt, owner of Moffatt Cigar Company, 212 W. State Street, was very active in horse…

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A large group of well-dressed men pose in a grassy clearing within a park-like setting. The men's names and their location are unknown.

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It is unclear which local river or lake is featured in this scenic view of woods by the water.

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A large group of actors in costumes and makeup pose for this photograph. It is unclear where the photo was taken or what performance they were preparing to rehearse.

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A large crowd has gathered at the Fairgrounds (aka Agricultural Society) for a horse show. The track is visible in the foreground and numerous buildings partially screened by the crowd and trees are visible in the background. The Fairgrounds were…
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