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Three adolescents sit on and stand behind a sled. Houses are visible in the back right of the photo.

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Two women, dressed warmly for the winter season, pose outdoors with snow in the background next to a front porch. The location and the women's names are unknown.

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This large group of men appears to be gathering for a dinner and meeting in an indoor conference room. The dress is formal tuxedos of the day.

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A young man lies on a bunk bed in this photograph. The young man's name and his location are unknown. The glass plate negative is broken.

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A family photograph of three young ladies and one young man seen standing in front of a large brick building. A swing and a pergola, a garden archway for trained climbing plants, appear to the left.

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A family - father, mother, and two daughters - poses under a pergola (an archway framework covered with trained climbing plants). The location and family are unknown.

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Three women in a music room. The middle lady is seated, and the one on the right is holding a violin.

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Two young ladies pose for this photograph apparently on a river bank. Both are seated on a fallen tree trunk, and the one on the left is holding an instrument, perhaps a ukelele. The location and the names of the women are unknown. For a similar…

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Three young ladies pose for this photograph apparently on a river bank. One is seated on a fallen tree trunk while the woman standing in front of another seems to be holding an instrument, perhaps a ukelele. The location and names of the women are…

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A family of seven adults and two children pose in what may be their front yard. This appears to be the same family as in photo 88.122.578b.

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A family of seven adults and two children pose in what may be their front yard. This appears to be the same family as in photo 88.122.578a.

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A young lady sits with a doll on her lap while another young girl stands by her side.

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Two young ladies are pictured with a doll propped between them on a stool or chair.

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Rockford College was chartered as the Rockford Female Seminary in 1847. In 1881 it occupied a campus bordered by Morgan (aka Bluff St.), Seminary, and Division Streets on the Rock River. This photograph looks northwest showing Sill Hall on the right…

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This may be a Silsby horse-drawn steam fire engine being demonstrated. The need for high-volume water pumps to extinguish urban and industrial fires was the impetus for this innovation. The steam boiler drove a turbine which in turn drove a water…

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This may be a Silsby horse-drawn steam fire engine being demonstrated. The need for high-volume water pumps to extinguish urban and industrial fires was the impetus for this innovation. The steam boiler drove a turbine which in turn drove a water…

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First Lutheran Church was the first Swedish and the first Lutheran Church founded in Rockford in 1854. This photograph shows the third church building constructed by the congregation, built in 1884 and dedicated on December 7, 1884. The church still…

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A large group of children, perhaps at recess, stand outside what appears to be a school. The children are warmly dressed. The location is unknown.

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A group of children pose in a line with the Rockford Courthouse in the background. The courthouse in the photo was completed in 1878 after the dome collapsed during construction in 1877.

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A group of middle school age children pose with their teacher outside a school in front of a large flag. It is interesting to note that a student is standing behind the flag on the right holding it up. It is unclear where this photo was taken. For a…

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A group of middle school age children pose with their teacher outside a school in front of a large flag. It is interesting to note that a student is standing behind the flag on the right holding it up. It is unclear where this photograph was taken.…

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An arched, lighted "Welcome" sign hangs over Main Street where it intersects West State Street. Several businesses are visible in the photograph that looks north: the Golden Eagle Clothing Co. and Holland, Gilruth & King Loan Co. The Rockford Railway…

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A large horse-drawn carriage proceeds west on East State street across the State and Madison Street intersection. The YMCA Building stands in the background of this photograph. The YMCA Building was occupied in late 1889.

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Horse-drawn circus wagons proceed east passing the 400 block of West State Street at the intersection of Church Street toward downtown Rockford. The Rockford Railway rails are clearly present. Note businesses along the route: T. N. Miller, MD at 401…

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Horse-drawn circus wagons proceed east passing the 400 block of West State street at the intersection with Church Street toward downtown Rockford. The Rockford Railway rails are clearly present. Note businesses along the route: T. N. Miller, MD at…

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Multiple camels stand in what looks like a parade staging area in a Rockford business district. The camels appear to be Arabian or dromedary camels (one hump).

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A camel-drawn circus wagon proceeds east passing the 400 block of West State street at the intersection of Church Street toward downtown Rockford. Several elephants follow in the parade line-up. The Rockford Railway rails are clearly present. Note…

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A large crowd watches as members of the parade pass by on this Rockford street. It appears to be a boulevard with the Rockford Railway rails in the street. Carriages and surreys line the street on the far right. Numerous people including parade…

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A large crowd watches as members of a parade pass by on this Rockford street. It appears to be a boulevard with the Rockford Railway rails in the street. Carriages and surreys line the street on the far right. Numerous people including parade…

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A large crowd watches as members of a parade pass by on this Rockford street. It appears to be a boulevard with the Rockford Railway rails in the street. Carriages and surreys line the street on the far right. Numerous people including parade…

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A large crowd watches as members of a parade pass by on this Rockford street. It appears to be a boulevard with the Rockford Railway rails in the street. Carriages and surreys line the street on the far right. Numerous people including parade…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks south. The courthouse collapsed during construction in 1877 and was rebuilt according to the original design. The courthouse was bordered by West State Street, S. Church Street, Chestnut…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks southwest. The jailhouse building is visible to the left. The courthouse collapsed during construction in 1877 and was rebuilt according to the original design. The courthouse was bordered by…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks southeast from West State Street. The courthouse collapsed during construction in 1877 and was rebuilt according to the original design. The courthouse was bordered by West State Street, S.…

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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 First Congregational Church building is at the corner of S. 3rd and Kishwaukee Streets. It was one of the first churches founded in Rockford. The church building still stands at the same location but does not provide Congregational services.

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A large group of boys and adolescents with several adult males pose for this outdoor photograph next to a large building. A priest or pastor appears in the middle (wearing a white collar). The location, the occasion, and the names of individuals are…

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A large brick, two-story factory building is the central feature of this photograph. It appears to be in an open expanse with perhaps a silo-type structure and a windmill to the right in the background. There is a sign above the door, but in this…

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A large brick, four-story building with a small one-story "office" structure adjacent to it appears to be surrounded by tall grass fields. The name of the building and its location are unknown.

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A large brick, four-story building with a small one-story "office" adjacent to it appears to be surrounded by tall grass fields. The name of the building and its location are unknown. Similar views can be seen in photos 88.122.594a, 88.122.594c, and…

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This photograph shows the ruins of a large brick building destroyed by fire with only the smokestack remaining. Several people mill about, looking at the site. The name of the building and its location are unknown. For similar depictions, see photos…

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A brick factory building is in ruins after being destroyed by fire. Only the smokestack remains largely intact. A Rockford Railway trolley is off to the side with several people viewing the damage. The name of the structure and its location are…

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This rear view of a large two-story multi-apartment residence and courtyard garden may be part of a larger complex. The location is unclear.

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This photograph shows a large smokestack set in a wooded clearing. There appear to be some buildings in the background but they are unidentifiable. This seems to symbolize the height of Industrial Age progress in Rockford Illinois. It is unclear…

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This large tumulus (a burial mound) can be found in the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. The large statue of horse and rider honors General Albert Sidney Johnston who was killed at the battle of Shiloh. The entrance to the tumulus is…

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A large crowd gathers in horse-drawn buggies for a foundation/cornerstone laying ceremony and dedication. The crowd on the dais is arrayed in vestments denoting a choir and church officials. It is unclear which church cornerstone this group is…

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The Sarmatian was built in Scotland in 1871. She had accommodations for 100 first-class and 850 3rd-class passengers. On July 20, 1907, she left Boston on her last voyage to Glasgow and was scrapped in 1908. This photograph may have been taken in…

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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 large group of performers pose on stage for this photograph. They may be on the stage of the Grand Opera House on Wyman Street. However, there were several other performance venues at the time: the Bijou, the Mendelssohn Club, and the Sveas Soner,…

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A large group of performers pose on stage for this photograph. They may be on the stage of the Grand Opera House on Wyman Street. However, there were several other performance venues at the time: the Bijou, the Mendelssohn Club, and the Sveas Soner,…

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Lincoln School, at the corner of North (now Park Avenue) and N. Court Streets, was adjacent to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Lincoln School opened for students in 1857.

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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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The Rock River has a long history of steamboats starting with the Gypsy arriving in 1838. The Arrow was launched in 1885 and served until sinking in 1900. This photograph appears to look toward the stern across a large group of seated passengers.

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A Rockford band appears to be bringing up the rear of a parade crossing the intersection of West State and Church Streets heading west. A Rockford street car follows. Note the businesses: W. A. Moore Grocery at 401 W. State and W. H. Keig's Bakery…

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Like bicycle racing, footraces of varying lengths were very common in the 1890s and early 1900s. This photograph appears to show a footrace being held at the Fairgrounds. Before Fairgrounds Park was officially founded in 1905, it served as the annual…

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A group of ten male and female adults and one boy pose by a river holding a "seine," a large, weighted fishing net. One woman holds a shotgun over her shoulder. It is unclear where this photograph was taken.

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Three well-dressed young couples pose outside for this photograph. The location and the individuals' names are unknown.

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Two fishermen are unloading their day's catch from two small canoe-type boats at a small cabin on a river shore. This photo looks like it was taken in the autumn. The river appears to have overflowed its banks, and the trees in the background are…

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On Saturday, March 19, 1892, a fire of unknown origin started in the old Chicago & Iowa Railroad Engine House at the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad yard. Engine 612 and the engine house were destroyed.
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