Motorcycle Show Opened Today By Rockford Club January 21, 1914


Tina Turner Performed in Rockford on January 22, 1983

Tina Turner performed at the MetroCentre in Rockford on Saturday, January 22, 1983.

Enjoy these newspaper advertisements, photographs, and an article of the event.

Source: Rockford Register Star, January 21, 1983, page 22.

Source: Rockford Register Star,  January 23, 1983, page 6. Photography by Brad Burt.

Source: Rockford Register Star, January 24, 1983, page 2. Photography by Brad Burt.

Source: Pat Cunningham, Rockford Register Star, January 26, 1983, page 9.

Rockford is crawling with ghost signs, by Jim Hagerty,, October 20-21, 2022


Rockford is crawling with ghost signs

Source:, October 20-21, 2022

First Harley Davidson and First Gas Driven Truck in Rockford

Baseball Team Rides in the City’s First Gasoline-Driven Truck

The Ironbrew Bottling works owned the first gasoline driven truck in Rockford-a two-cylinder Rapid dated 1906. Members of the old Maroon baseball team are passengers in the truck, among them Hal Carlson, later a big league player, and Hilding Nelson, who played with the Three-I league. Everett Russ, son of E.T. Russ and part owner of Russ and company, is in the driver’s seat, and beside him is his sister Gertrude, now Mrs. Theodore Nells, 315 N. 3rd st. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle in Rockford, pictured at the rear of the truck, is manned by Carl Bladstrom.

Source: Register Republic  June 16, 1952  p.46

The Red Garter 308 East State 1958 owners Bob Salamone and Phil Salamone

Source: Register Republic  February 1, 1958  pg.16

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