Abraham Lincoln, then 47, a lawyer and former congressman from Springfield, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for the Republican Party's first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont.  On July 18, 1856, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln to the home of Sheriff William Manahan to spend the night.  He slept on a sofa with two chairs placed at its end to accommodate his long legs.  In the…
Ah... love is in the air! Make Rock Falls, Illinois one of your travel goals this Valentine's Day. Quench your wanderlust and find great values in the greater Rock Falls area with these love, romance and holiday inspired deals. I've made my rounds to our local businesses and have come up with a list of offerings in the Rock Falls Sterling Area for your sweetheart, significant other, friends (on two…
Congratulations once again to Rock Falls High School Music Department! They are the first Tourism Grant Recipient of 2017!  Pecussion Palooza is an event organized by the Rock Falls High School Music Department in honor of the famous jazz drummer, Louie Bellson. Mr. Bellson was a Rock Falls native and grew to be a musician  who performed with the jazz greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. This year's…
Rock Falls Tourism would like to thank all our friends and colleagues for their valued support throughout what has been an amazing 2016 and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2017! Rock Falls Tourism wishes you a holiday of spending time with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. We will be doing the same and…
November 14, 2016

The Holiday Bum-rush

It’s been warm, sunny and perfectly autumn-ish today, a week ago, 2 weeks ago, heck-this entire autumn season in Rock Falls IL has been amazing! I have been blissfully not thinking of the holiday preparations that are around the corner. It’s as if Mother Nature had pushed an imaginary pause button that was keeping our area absolutely gorgeous. Our unusually warm autumn, has allowed us to extend our outdoor activities…
4. Halloween is here! Halloween Décor crept into our stores in August. Although we all dread the rush to sell holiday wares months before the actual season, Halloween is different. There is an anticipation that sets in when we see Scarecrows and pumpkins in our fields and on store shelves.  How many holidays are there that encourages us to eat sweets, dress in costume and to scare the living daylights…
Welcome to the Riverfront! Rock Falls Tourism is proud to announce the Ultimate Destination-Rock Falls, IL. Join us during the last weekend of June and enjoy three great events/festivals along the Rock Falls Riverfront Friday June 24th, Saturday June 25th & Sunday June 26th 2016. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy. Don't miss the Fireworks on the Riverfront provided by Rock Falls Tourism! Fireworks start at…
Across the Sauk Valley Area there are many festivals & events to choose from. Below is a short list of newsworthy May events in Rock Falls & Sterling. Sterling/Rockfalls Outdoor Adventure Fest Rock Falls SpringFest Carnival Rock Falls Spring Challenge Sterling Mainstreet Car Show & Swap Meet Safety Saturday Open House @ the Fire Museum Outdoor Adventure Fest This FREE event will offer a mix of information centers and activities…
The Rock Falls area is home to many types of wildlife. What will you see when you visit? Thanks to the help of Scott Schaeffer, District Wildlife Biologist, Il. Dept. of Natural Resources and Karen Rivera, IDNR Streams Biologist, I got a more in depth view of nature all around us.   Spring & Fall- Migratory Waterfowl Migratory waterfowl are known to use what is called Flyways. Millions of birds make their way down…
December 28, 2015

Ultimate Guide for 2016

The New Year is fast approaching and with the many wonderful events that our communities are offering, 2016 brings promise of an AMAZING year.  February Percussion-Palooza Sunday February 28th 2016 Percussion-Palooza is an educational/entertainment event featuring a solo and ensemble competition a week prior to the Illinois state contests and almost a month before the Iowa state contests held at Rock Falls High School through Rhythm Quest. The events honors the heritage…
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  • Lincoln - Manahan Home Museum

    April 11, 2017

    Abraham Lincoln, then 47, a lawyer and former congressman from Springfield, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for the Republican Party's first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont.  On July 18, 1856, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln…
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