Dedication ceremony honors Rockford’s past

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The early days of Rockford are recognized during a special ceremony along the Rock River.

A dedication ceremony was held this afternoon to celebrate the replacement of a plaque that marks the Rocky Ford.

The Ford was used by early settlers, and indigenous people, to cross the river. It’s also the source of the name, Rockford.

The plaque is located at the pedestrian bridge near Fordam Dam.

Organizers say it offers insight to the city’s earliest days.

“There’s things that happened before you came here,” said Rockford Historical Society President, Scott Lewandowski. “There’s reasons why, you know, you might just not know, like Rockford, oh ‘I just thought it was the name” you know, but at some point it had to be named, you know, and it’s things like that, that happened.”

Prior to being named Rockford, the area was known as Midway, because it marked the midway point between Chicago and Galena.

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