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ID: 7014351
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Rockford (inhabited place)  Rockford (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 42 16 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 42.2667  decimal degrees
Long: 089 05 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -89.0833  decimal degrees

Note: Located on the Rock river; was founded by New Englanders in 1834; became a manufacturing center when power was provided by a dam constructed across the river in 1844; noted as site of invention of reaper & mower combination by John Manny in 1850s.

Names:
Rockford (preferred,C,V)  ............ renamed for the ford across the Rock river
Midway (H,V)  ............ named for its position as a stagecoach stop midway between Chicago & Galena

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Illinois (state)  ............  Illinois (state) (P)
Hierarchy of Winnebago (county)  ................  Winnebago (county) (P)
Hierarchy of Rockford (inhabited place)  ....................  Rockford (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  founded in 1834, city was incorporated in 1852
city (C)
county seat (C)
manufacturing center (C)  ............  furniture industry began with influx of Swedish carpenters in 1850s, also produces machine tools, hardware & farm implements
agricultural center (C)
power production center (C)

Sources and Contributors:
Midway..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) X, 125
Rockford..........  [BHA, VP Preferred]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) X, 125
.................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS17016123
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) X, 125
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS17016123
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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