Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., demolished, December 2020

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., south side of the building, on First Ave.

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., southwest side of the building

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., north side of the building (from East State St.)

Taken from the East State Street side, facing south, Dec. 5, 2020

Sources: First three photos,, images captured May 2019, the fourth photo taken by Jean Lythgoe, December 5, 2020

The Rockford and Interurban Railway – pub 1956, 2007

Dewey Decimal No. R388.4 K26 and R388.4 K278R


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.