Welcome to Rockford, Illinois!
Founded in 1834, Rockford, Illinois is known for its fascinating history, people, and places.
Preserving our History
The Rockford Historical Society Board of Trustees meet every third Monday of the month at Veterans Memorial Hall. The society hosts various events throughout the year and partners with local businesses, museums, and government facilities to keep Rockford's history alive and thriving.
Every August 15th Rockford celebrates 815 Day. The most dominate phone number area code for our town is "815" and has thus developed into a symbol of pride for Rockfordians.
Rockford is known by many nicknames - one of the most interesting being Screw City or the Screw Capital of the World. This name has developed from the billions of screws, bolts, and fasteners that many factories produced for manufacturers around the world.
From Midway to Rockford
In 1834, Germanicus Kent, Lewis Lemon, and Thatcher Blake founded a settlement they named "Midway", as it was located midway between Chicago and Galena, IL. By 1837, the village of Midway was renamed Rockford in recognition of the rocky river ford the settlers founded our city near.
The Forest City
Early settlers called it the “Forest City” because of the river valley's verdant woods. Today, Rockford still has 7,000 acres of parkland, tree-lined streets, an exceptionally green downtown, a riverside trail, and several magnificent public gardens.