Rockford, IL.Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, after Chicago and Joliet. Rockford is bigger than Peoria or Springfield. In 1834, New Englanders settled on both banks of a shallow, rocky stretch of the Rock River, where there was a natural ford. They named their settlement “Midway Village,” because it was halfway between Chicago and Galena (then...
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