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Rapids City
Rock Island County, Illinois


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Statistics & Facts

The Illinois state capital is Springfield.
The population of Rapids City is approximately 953 (2000), 959 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 367 (2000), 369 (2010).
The amount of land area in Rapids City is 3.955 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rapids City to Washington DC is 754 miles.
The distance to the Illinois state capital is 129 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rapids City is positioned 41.58 degrees north of the equator and 90.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in northwestern Illinois north of Moline near the Mississippi River.
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History & History Related Items

The villaged was founded on 15 July 1856 and had its beginnings as a coal mining town. It was named for its location at the head of the Rock Island Rapids where the Mississippi turns it's course to east-west for a time. For many years, river travel had to stop at the rapids, but a deeper channel was blasted out in the 1870's to permit traffic going through without impedment.
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Rapids City City Government

Rapids City Village Hall
1204 4th Ave.
Rapids City, Illinois
Phone: 309-496-2321
Fax: 309-496-1203

The Village board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.

Rapids City Historical Events

Death of Milton B. Chase
Rapids City Cemetery
I recently discovered a Civil War Vet and my great-Great Grandfather, Milton B Chase, who served in Iowa, Illinois and Pennsylvania where he was from Washington Co. PA
He was married to Margaret Edith Franks in 1855 in LeClaire, Iowa, Scott Co., Iowa, just across the river from Rapids City, Illinois. They had 5 children and there are still relatives in the area both in Illinois as well as Iowa.

Margaret E Chase remarried at least twice and may be in the same cemetery, but do not know for certain. I know she was married to George B Nicholson and a Mr. Vincent.
Her children are:
James Morgan Chase
Francis Marion Chase
Milton Parker Chase
Maggie Chase
Jennie Chase
Submitted by Sherry Martin Rapids City


Rapids City is located in the Cental Time Zone.

The population of Rapids City was:
1990 - 932
2000 - 953

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