When the early settlers came to the area, they were looking for an area that was close to water. Four families settled into an area that is now known as East First Street in Sterling.
After building their cabins, they enjoyed, I’m sure, the fishing and use of the water (Rock River) for their everyday needs.
One of the families, Worthington, had a son, Charles, born in a log cabin, who later became the Daily Gazette editor. He built his house on the same property because of the scenic view, and died in that house. The Worthington house is still standing today.
Now to the present time. The Illinois American Water Co. has its pumping station on land in front of the river. After the tragic day of 9/11, a fence was installed around the property, which the residents didn’t like at all, but we couldn’t do anything about it.
However, in the past few years, a big majority of the fence came down because of the new walking and bicycling path being built. We had our scenic view once more.
Now the path isn’t even complete, but last week they began installing a new fence. It isn’t even away from the path but right on top of the path.
I can see a fence down below around their building and water wells; however, to install a fence like this is going to distract from the path and the beautiful view it has to offer.
My wife said it best; “They put the prison fence back up.”
For a beautiful scenic view of the Rock River in Sterling, here was the place to come and park your car. A local real estate agent in his ad called it “a million-dollar view.” Too bad whoever put this fence back up didn’t take that into consideration.