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Near Janesville in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rock River Industry

 
 
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By Keith L, September 23, 2009
1. Rock River Industry Marker
Inscription. Flowing through rich agricultural land, the Rock River provided needed water power for local Wisconsin industries. Among the earliest in the 1840s were flour and lumber mills, followed in the 1850s by woolen and paper mills and, later, cotton mills. Efficient farming was provided for with the manufacture of plows, reapers, twine binders, windmills, and platform and wagon scales for weighing grain. Farm wagons, carriages, sleighs and cutters, as well as furniture, were also early products of Rock River industry. So too were processed meats, churns and other dairy equipment for the farm. By the turn of the century, the early gasoline engine, motorized vehicles, machine tools and precision instruments were among familiar products of the valley, as were the electric brake and clutch. In more recent times, such Rock River industrial products as fountain pens, diesel engines, automobiles and paper-making machinery have become worldwide in their markets.
 
Erected 1983 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 271.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 46.12′ N, 89° 0.391′ W. Marker is near Janesville, Wisconsin, in
Rock River Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 23, 2009
2. Rock River Industry Marker
Rock County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 168, 5.1 miles south of State Highway 59, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is north of Janesville, at southbound I-39/eastbound I-90 Rest Area 17. Marker is in this post office area: Janesville WI 53545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milton House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Storrs Lake Milton (approx. 3.6 miles away); Wisconsin's Tobacco Land (approx. 4.8 miles away); First State Fair (approx. 5.9 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 6.2 miles away); Janesville Tank Company (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Black Hawk War / Black Hawk's Grove (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Janesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rock River. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 25, 2009.) 

2. Janesville, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 25, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Nearby Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 23, 2009
3. Nearby Interpretive Panel
Prairie Adaptations
Nearby Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 23, 2009
4. Nearby Interpretive Panel
Nothing to be seen... but immense prairies...,
 
 
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