Nestled in one of nature s beauty spots and spread out on both banks of Rock River, Rockford has grown and developed to become one of the principal cities of the state of Illiis and the Midwest. With its proliferation of trees, well-kept neighborhoods, and an extensive system of parks and museums, Rockford enjoys the distinction of being one of the most beautiful inland cities in America; it is also one of the state s leading industrial cities. In pictorial format, this book presents the story of Rockford, The Forest City. It is a story of progress, creativity, and achievement, which encouraged immigrant entrepreneurs to develop large industries from their invative ideas. The story of this city needs embellishment, and it is documented here with the belief that it will lead to a better appreciation of what Rockford is and what Rockford is to be.