Introduction to Rock Falls, Illinois
Rock Falls History
The locational advantage of Rock Falls on the Rock River attracted the early settlers, who established a territory called Rapids City in 1837. The first permanent citizen of the area was Isaac Merill. In 1854, the Sterling Hydraulic Company constructed a dam to generate hydel power. Ten years later, Mr. A.P. Smith moved from New York to the area and founded the city of Rock Falls. The city's first post office was opened on March 15, 1868, with Truman Culver as the postmaster.
Rock Falls and nearby Attractions
- Lyndon Historical Society and Museum
- John Deere Historic Site
- Castle Rock State Park
- Ronald Reagan's Birthcity
- Green River State Wildlife Area
- Franklin Creek State Park
Things To Do In Rock Falls
The city has more than ten parks which include Castle Rock State park, Franklin Creek State Park, and Lowden State Park. The Lyndon Historical Society and Museum showcases the history of Rock Falls. The John Deere Historic Site and Ronald Reagan's Birthcity are nearby. In addition, the Green River State Wildlife Area provides activities such as camping and trailing.
Rock Falls Transportation
Quad City International Airport is the closest airport to the city.
Rock Falls Higher Education
Higher education is available at Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College, and Rock Valley College.