"Handbook of Wisconsin, 2nd Edition"

By Silas Chapman

©1855 S. Chapman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


pp. 97-98

ROCK - Population 31,364.
Lies on both sides of Rick River, and is bounded on the south by Illinois. It is mostly
prairie and openings, there being no heavy timber. The prairies are more extensive than in other sections, Rock Prairie being the largest in the State. The soil is exceedingly rich, especially in the valley of the Rock. The eastern part is not as well watered as other portions. It is a thickly settled county. Janesville is the County Seat, and the fifth city in size in the State, many routes of travel centering there. Beloit, in the southern part is a flourishing village, having water power on the Rock River and Turtle Creek. It is the location of Beloit College, a well endowed and flourishing institution, under the charge of the Wisconsin and Illinois Convention of Presbyterian and Congregational Churches.
The Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road passes through the northern part of Rock,
having a branch from Milton to Janesville, which is ultimately to be continued west to the Mississippi, as the Wisconsin Southern. Rock River Valley Rail Road from the State line up the River. Beloit and Madison, now running about 18 miles from Beloit. Racine, having its terminus at Beloit, and the Kenosha and Janesville Road.
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