Jacobs Block/Rock River Bank

400 Block of Washington Street and the 100 Block of N. Fourth Street (Jacobs Block) 101 South Fourth Street (Rock River Bank) Oregon

After more than a year of community protest, the Oregon City Council voted in February 2005 against a proposed Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) road widening project that would have required the demolition of two prominent corner buildings at the intersection of Illinois Routes 2 and 64. The buildings, which date from 1870 and 1935 respectively, are part of a downtown district surrounding the Ogle County Courthouse Square that had been determined eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, based on an Landmarks Illinois-funded study. Oregon is located on the Rock River, 25 miles south of Rockford.

(credit: Lisa DiChiera, Landmarks Illinois)

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