The Rock River


Courtesy of Kathy Lenerz

ROCK RIVER, of Wisconsin and Illinois, rises in Fond du Lac county, of the
former state, 8 or 10 miles S. from Lake Winnebago, and flowing first southward and afterwards south-westward, it enters the State of Illinois at Beloit, and falls into the Mississippi a little below the town of Rock Island. Its whole length is estimated at about 330 miles. The current is obstructed by rapids in several places, but it might be made navigable at a moderate expense. Small steamboats have ascended as far as Jefferson, Wisconsin, 225 miles. The river passes by the towns of Janesville, Beloit, Rockford, and Dixon, and flows through a valley, or, to speak more properly, an extensive plain, which is noted for its fertility and beautiful scenery. The whole descent of the current is ascertained to be about 379 feet.
[Source: The New & Complete Gazetteer of the United States by Thomas J. Baldwin and J. Thomas, ©1854 Lippincott, Grambo & Co. , Philadelphia; p. 1002]

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