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Location DB > United States > Illinois > Rock Falls > International Harvester Building Number 3
International Harvester Building Number 3
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created by tombombadom on 2/21/2016 1:58 AM
last modified by tombombadom on 9/19/2017 4:35 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
150 Year old Multiple floor, Limestone building, several areas of collapsed floors, and floors close to collapse. Roof is mostly collapsed, Building is in overall very poor condition.

Have been following its decay for the last several years. Talked to a couple of locals, said there have been stories of homeless living there from time to time, and that some kids tried to finish it off with fire a couple of years ago.

They also said that supposedly the "stars" (which are all over the building) are worth money and people have tried to steal them.

According to an eyewitness account, this was a tire storage facility for a while after International Harvester moved to Rock Island. There are clues inside that support that the building was used after IH Left in 1961. After sending away and requesting for records from the county recorders office, a more accurate time line was figured out. See the story "Whiteside County Records Search" for more info.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
200 W 1st Street (River Front)
Rock Falls, Illinois
United States
Owner: The City of Rock Falls
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    The metal stars that cover the building, they are actually the ends to the support beams. Also the many arched window frames.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • Many Cars/People in and out of the Lower Dam area
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1867
    Closed: 1993
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera, Tripod
    150 Year old Limestone building, once apart of a large complex owned by International Harvester.

    From the Sauk Valley news paper (Article attached): "Farm equipment was manufactured at the Limestone Building from 1867 to 1961, and the edifice has been vacant since."

    Keystone Manufacturing then International Harvester manufactured farm equipment here until the early 60's.

    One source said it was victim of fire damage in 1993, when buildings across the street caught fire. Those buildings have since been demolished. There use to be a catwalk that extended from the south side of the building to other buildings across the street. This has all been taken down. Its also the area where the wall is currently collapsed.

    The city recently approved to handle the funding of the demolition themselves without EPA help. Demolition was determined to be complete in late August of 2017
     Media Coverage
    News about Demo:

    News about 3 teens starting a fire 2014:

    Latest news on demo progress

    Rock Falls EPA Approval for funds

    Editorial condoning the demolition of the building

    City decides to demolish without EPA's help

    An older article with more pictures and information


     Future Plans
    The city wants to turn the site into a brownfield area. Possibly to use some remnants of the building to put something here.
    Whiteside county records search results
    Mon, Jun 12th, 2017
    posted by tombombadom
    01-28-17 Explore
    Tue, May 9th, 2017
    posted by tombombadom

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     Photo Galleries
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    Limestone Building
    Sun, Feb 21st, 2016
    posted by tombombadom
    14 pictures
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    It was very very cold....
    Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016
    posted by cdevon
    10 pictures
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    Sun, Jan 29th, 2017
    posted by tombombadom
    17 pictures

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     Web Links
    Info about what they made there:

    Additional pictures (NOT MINE) found online, he does add a few from time to time.


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    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 9/19/2017 5:05 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 19 17 at 17:05, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Sep 19 17 at 16:35, tombombadom changed the following: Notes for Mods, Latitude, Longitude, History, Future Plans
  • on Sep 2 17 at 21:23, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Sep 2 17 at 14:07, tombombadom changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Status, Hazards, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jul 25 17 at 6:32, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 25 17 at 2:41, tombombadom changed the following: History, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jun 12 17 at 15:11, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 12 17 at 11:34, tombombadom updated a story
  • on Jun 12 17 at 10:56, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Jun 12 17 at 3:50, tombombadom updated a story
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