Introduction to Sterling, Illinois
The first settler in this area was Hezekiah Brink, who arrived in 1834 and built the first cabin in this region. He named his settlement Harrisburg. Another settler, William Patrick, settled downstream in 1836. This settlement went on to be known as Chatham. Two years later, the towns of Chatham and Harrisburg merged to form the Town of Sterling. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1857.
Sterling and nearby Attractions
- Lawrence Park
- Emerald Hill Golf Course
- Oppold Marina
- Eberty Park
- Lake View Golf and Country Club
Things To Do In Sterling
Sterling's parks offer a range of recreational opportunities including facilities for a variety of sports like tennis and racquetball. The parks also include a gym, gymnastics clubs and a public swimming pool.
Greater Rockford Airport has facilities for international and domestic flights.
Sterling Higher Education
Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College and Rock Valley College provide opportunities for higher education in the area.