The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was founded in Rock Island, Illinois in 1851. It was an important line and songs were written about it, but this "Rock Island" line was liquidated in bankruptcy in 1980.
Glen Loyd lives on the Rock River in Janesville 15 days a month. He is a former public information officer for Wisconsin Consumer Protection, publishes a weekly consumer protection blog. Glen is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.