Situated along the Rock River, Rockford's early settlers crossed the ford at Founder's Landing and laid the foundation for Rockford's industries. It was known as the 'Water Power District'. The park commemorates the pioneering spirit of the founders of this settlement. The statues of Germanicus Kent, Lewis Lemon and Thatcher Blake bear witness to the tenacity of these pioneers that has established Rockford as an industrious, socially conscious community. The Davis Park is an ideal venue for outdoor festivals, marquees, gala events and concerts.
The Anderson Japanese Gardens are a treat for the senses and a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Cascading gardens with waterfalls and beautiful floral ornamentations ensure a peaceful time offering you the opportunity to connect with your inner self. The various trees planted translate the purpose of Anderson Japanese Gardens, from being a mere soothing destination to an educational one. Guided tours are arranged on prior intimation to help you connect with the nature. The garden also features a restaurant allowing you to dine close to nature.
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle is a magnificent church built in the Gothic style of architecture. It stands firm on its grounds since 1885. The church has continued to function even since it was established. It holds regular services and other religious ceremonies. Religious education is also imparted by the church to its disciples. The graceful interiors of the church are an evidence of the era it belonged to.
Built in 1889 to serve the city’s water needs, this historic water tower was built by a group of local businessmen. Located on the bluff overlooking the Rock River, the Beloit Water Tower once contained a 100,000-gallon (378,541-liter) water tank made of cypress, and pressurized seven miles (11 kilometers) of pipes. It stands stagnant since 1935, after a newly constructed steel water tower with twice the capacity was built adjacent to it. Today, the Shingle Style pump house at its base now houses the Beloit Visitors Center. Once regarded as a great work of masonry in the west, the Beloit Water Tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.