Seventh Avenue Dead End

Download this issue!Seventh Avenue Dead End – Sterling, IL
By Michael Kleen

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Around the dinner table after a hard day’s work, the residents of Sterling, Illinois have been known to whisper about the deaths that have occurred along the nearby railroad tracks and the banks of the Rock River. These deaths have occasionally left behind ghosts, the most famous of which is a wailing woman who wanders the tracks just beyond the Seventh Avenue dead end, searching for her missing children.

The City of Sterling was incorporated in February 1857 and is located across the Rock River from the town of Rock Falls. These twin cities are connected by the First Avenue Bridge. Sterling has long been a center of industry in the area, ever since the Union Pacific Railroad, the oldest railroad network in the United States, came through in 1856. Businesses like Northwestern Steel & Wire, Franz Manufacturing, and National Manufacturing followed at the turn of the century. Consequently, the city was once called the hardware capital of the world.

Over the years, the twin life-sources of Sterling—the railroad and the Rock River—have occasionally become a curse rather than a blessing…

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  1. My son and his family just got home from 7th avenue in sterling, ill and had taken pictures, in one there is a clear image of a face and upper torso of what looks like an old person, pretty cool



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