Rockford City Traction Co. – 1926 Listing

Rockford City Traction Co., Adam Gschwindt, receiver; F A Lee auditor; 108 N 2nd phone M-655 freight depot 212 S Wyman St.   Source: McCoy’s Rockford City Directory for 1926


  • Began as Rockford and Interurban Railway (Mar 1896), and former West End Street Railway (1890 -1896)
  • First was Rockford Street Railway (org. 1880, chartered 1881) horse drawn trolley cars
  • Rockford Street Railway became Rockford City Railway Co. who had electric street car service, 1890
  • Later became the Rockford Traction Co., who failed in 1895


It’s not until 1971 that the city talks about buying it and operating RMTD.



Rockford Electric Co. – 1927 photo

Source:  Rockford High School, 1927 Annual, p. 198, ad “The most interesting and instructive 30-minute tour in Rockford.”

Rockford Electric Co., Adam Gshwindt, gen mgr., R M Bert elect supt, D L Cash sales mgr; 101 Chestnut St.,  Source:  McCoy’s Rockford City Directory for 1926


“Army Officer Inspects Site” – later Camp Grant, 5-28-1917

Army Officer

Source: Rockford Daily Register-Gazette May 28, 1917


See also  for more information about the Chicago, Milwaukee and Gary Railroad