A dedication ceremony will celebrate the replacement of a plaque that marks the Rocky Ford that was used to cross the Rock River. The ceremony will include many of the aspects of the original ceremony that took place 54 years ago on this date.
On October 28, 1965, a monument was dedicated to mark the ford that early pioneers used as a bridge to cross the Rock River. The marker was a joint effort between the Rockford Historical Society and the Swedish Historical Society. The project chairman was Carl Severin who later donated his land to create Midway Village and Museum. The original plaque with the inscription written by Mr. Severin was stolen some time ago and the monument was long forgotten. Research had been started by Rockford Historical Society past Editor Carol Fox in 2016 but it wasn’t until Crystal Ball, creator of the Facebook Page Rockford Rewind, posted a picture of the monument on her page that there was enough momentum to replace the missing plaque. This dedication would not be possible if not for the efforts of Ms. Ball to restore a part of Rockford’s past.