Stephenson County Illinois — July 16 2017 — Stephenson County Illinois is full of great places to visit with lots of things to see and do. The sights around the region are vast and the beauty and uniqueness of the entire area is truly breathtaking.
Our favorite part of the area is the culture of the majority of people in the region. The Midwest life, the diversity of our community, the seasons, the heart of people and the history are just something truly wonderful to see.
While in no way is this meant to be an all inclusive view of all the wonderful parts of our region, here are 72 photos that will make you fall in love with Freeport and this region, all over again.
The clock at Park Hills Golf Course. Park Hills Golf Club offers two 18-hole courses to challenge golfers of every ability. They are spread over 300 acres of rolling hillside in scenic Northwest Illinois
The views and the serene places in the area are literally everywhere you look
Cars in lawns, homes decorated for the holidays. It’s small town life where the grass is green, community comes together and neighbors look out for neighbors.
Young people help out with local causes and events. They’re kind, nice and right there always with a smile.
Traditions continue here and small town people go without much public credit for what they do, to pull together town wide celebrations communities can enjoy.
Even in the smallest towns people can be found with local and American spirit.
You can go on a plane ride here, or even learn how to fly. Here a few young men and a young girl are about to take their first flight.
Even strangers you meet for the first time sit down and talk with you. They’re friendly and good hearted.
It’s where giving back and local causes are taken on by people who do things from the heart. One person can do big things here and they happily do it.
It’s a place where the locals have their own field of dreams. The place where adults can be kids and kids can feel like stars at Little Cubs Field. The only built to scale, Wrigley Field replica in the entire world.
People come together in the streets and at our small hometown businesses for a bite to eat or a friendly chat.
There’s even county wide events such as the fair that offers something for literally everyone.
It’s where educators influence thousands of students and where education mixes with local history, the community and fun.
It’s where a nearly 100 year old landmark has spurred tens of thousands of deep thinkers and great men and women of the region and nation. From famous authors, to syndicated columnists; to NFL players and Black Entertainment CEO’s. The list is endless of the truly great minds in Freeport and within the area
It’s like you’re right there without the crowds, without the traffic, without anyone else around. It’s a place that if even for only a small moment in time, becomes your own field of dreams. (Little Cubs Field on Empire Street in Freeport, Illinois)
Even before you enter the area, you see signs of the culture ahead. An insight into a community of people who respect a higher power.
We have Guinness World record holders and world famous people and their animals
We have treasures such as Freeport’s holiday apple that for decade after decade after decade have stood as a pillar of peace and love during the holiday season.
We have what is believed to be the nations oldest continuous running armature theatre with a rich history of incredible talent and spirit of the arts
We have presidential fame and lore that goes back to the 20th President of the United States
We have restaurants that go beyond restaurants. They become pieces of home, family, good food and appreciation for local people
We have the most unique buildings and things to see, like this dome located in Downtown Freeport
We work hard and we teach our children values. Like father like son rings true here.
We have globally famous companies who once stood as leaders in their industry and we have the memories of that time in our city to remind us every day of what’s possible here and what’s possible in life.
We have treasures upon treasures like the Union Dairy. A place that represents such a peaceful time and its feel inside has’t changed since it started.
We have gas stations here that will still pump your gas. Just like in the old days, they’ll clean your windshield, fill your tank and even check your oil. Full service and its friendly, just like it’s supposed to be.
It’s where people come together for incredible causes, like cleaning up the streets as superheroes. Kids join in and a day of community help becomes a day of fun between new and old friends.
Here, people stand proud of America and they show it,
We have war history destinations considered historically significant because it was the site of two minor skirmishes during the Black Hawk War in 1832, and such breathtaking views of the countryside that will find you in awe.
The seasons here are the absolute best and the colors and scenery are truly just something special to see.
The drives through parks and the homes along the way are a treasure in Freeport, like this drive along Woodside drive entering Krape Park
There’s history and so many unique treasures that the people of our community maintain. It’s a lot of work, no pay but they do it to keep the countless treasures of our past alive. This is the Silver Creek Museum. They even have a Train Station across the street which we’ll tell you about later.
Here, local sports are a big deal. The passion for the Pretzels, the Bulldogs and all our area teams runs deep and the kids who play, play with school pride and school spirit that a town can be proud of.
We celebrate and recognize our elders here. Here a husband and wife are still close after 70+ years of marriage. The husband, Joe, is celebrating his 100th birthday in this photo.
During holiday’s our people go all out like this local Halloween tradition at a home on Lincoln Blvd in Freeport
We have infamous structures and a life full of memories around every corner.
We’ve produced albums and records in a unique music scene that’s just as strong today as it was then. Complete with businesses of long ago who are still here and open to remind us of music present and music past. (Radex Stereo on Galena Ave)
Freeport’s Krape Park is simply nothing less than a golden treasure for anyone to enjoy. We are so privileged to have such pure natural beauty at a place full of water, trails, views and things to do for the entire family. Krape Park is an absolute must see and if you’re not in the area, it’s worth any drive.
We have sunrises and sunsets that just take you back in awe. Views that leave you speechless at the true wonder of the world we live in.
And we have hidden little gems that while off the beaten path some, hold a special place in generations of people’s hearts like these twin caves inside Freeport’s Krape Park.
In nearly every town around our community are held traditions and annual festivals that are really a great time. Living in Stephenson County you can see 3-4 fireworks displays, just as many fairs and festivals and literally dozens of community events that appeal to everyone. Town hopping is a blast in Stephenson County, especially in the summer
Kids still play here in Read Park
We hold numerous luminary nights in parks and along town streets that signify special causes
At night numerous parts of town light up showing their evening peaceful feel. (Knowlton Park)
Parks come alive and daytime spots turn into awesome evening views.
There’s a downtown rich with history and the look of the buildings, churches and street scape is a wonderful view at night, or during the day.
We have the father of money and global wealth buried here. Of all the places in the world, John D. Rockefeller’s fathers grave can be found in Freeport, Illinois
We celebrate our history in style and there’s dedicated spots to find historic performances, music, the arts and special holiday traditions. Anyone who walks by can read about the area and its history.
When tragedy does strike, we pull together, we rebuild and there’s an element of mystery in how lucky we are, even when bad things occur.
We have community police that join with the community to get to know them on a personal level. They’re not just police officers, they’re friends, neighbors and people you know who want the best for the area and its people.
We have great men (and women) who make up our fireman and first responders and along with others they too join in the community spirit.
There’s memorable places such as this place in Read Park. Generations of people experience the same unique hangouts of the region
Our club and entertainment sector is filled with great people who provide awesome food, fun and a great atmosphere, even in the smallest of County towns. Known throughout the region, we have some of the best small town bars and places to find food and fun you can locate anywhere. (Route 73 Brew & Chew in Pearl City, Illinois
Across the street from the Silver Creek Museum is the train station. Take a trip in a 1912 steam locomotive on a 3.4 mile round trip excursion into history. Another truly unique place people of all ages can truly enjoy.
Here a military son surprises his Mom with a secret homecoming. These and others help make up local family stories about family life that adds a special feel to the people of the community.
Here, even old men act like kids still, and to this day participate in local BMX, bringing up another generation of extremely talented youth.
In the streets, the homes are simply breathtaking. Here is the Longfellow which is a replica of the famous Longfellow house in Washington DC
The Rawleigh home in Freeport is another true treasure of the area.
We have famous restaurants known not just for their great food but their spirit of community and its people. Our restaurants have syle, class and offer great places to relax and enjoy. It’s family here.
We have infamous bars whose reputation is a part of local culture and lore. You can always find a great burger or nice comfortable bar stool at a great local pub, usually right around the corner. (Tony’s Oyster Bar on Galena Avenue in Freeport
We hold events that are as unique as they are fun, like this city wide bike ride for Tour De Freeport, which is coming up again in Freeport real soon.
We’ve been the home of the world’s only A-20 mini bomber, said to be the only operational one of its kind in the world. A plane that crash landed in Freeport and stayed here for a full year as it was being prepared for flight again, back to its original destination.
From atop Flagstaff in Krape Park people can find a view that’s just hard to beat no matter where you live. There’s always something breathtaking right around the corner, if that’s what you’re looking for.
We’ve enjoyed once in a lifetime opportunities, like this scene from when the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Trophy landed in Freeport. A view within our gorgeous Masonic Temple captures the moment in history.
For pleasure cars only and a scene that represents Freeport in such a perfect way. There’s nothing like taking a drive down this lane as you enter Krape Park in Freeport.
Another place for family activity and access to the Pecatonica river with Tutty’s Crossing on Freeport’s east side.
You can still hear trains go by and with just a drive across town can take a step back in time and see Freeport’s railroad up close and personal. The power, the force and tracks for miles a minutes drive away from any part of the city.
Another little gem that so many others have enjoyed. The Wishing Well in Read park is directly across from the Read Park pool and it’s just another part of what makes this area so awesome to enjoy.
In Freeport, as in other towns in the county, our downtowns represent history, family, shopping and legacies. Businesses who’ve spanned over 70, 80 and 90 years make up great all day destinations to come and see.
Throughout the city you can find so many hidden and little known secret places that have offered unique places to walk or just hang out.
Not only is the area filled with trees and so much greenery, the views along walking paths are just something you have to see for yourself. Here’s a shot looking over Yellow creek in Krape Park.
And when it comes to community, your kid, our kid or someone else’s kid, there’s always an adult there trying to make them smile, and create a happy memory.