Black Hawk Park West Neighborhood
Unique and Layered History
Black Hawk Park West Neighborhood is located directly west of Black Hawk State Historic Site. This neighborhood has a deeply rich and layered history, beginning with its origins as Saukenuk, the central village of the Sauk Indian nation and famous for its association with war leader Black Hawk. Settlers in the early part of the 19th century felt this area would make a good site for a new city and envisioned its growth with a canal. However, the paper city known as Rock Island City was never established, and Rock Island's downtown ended up on the Mississippi River rather than the Rock River. Later, David B. Sears established this area as Searstown, which was finally incorporated into Rock Island in 1915.
The neighborhood began organizing in 2007, completing by-laws and adopting a board by 2009.
BoundariesRoughly 11th Street on the west to Black Hawk State Historic Site on the east and 42nd Avenue on the north to the Rock River on the south.
Wards 2 & 3
Plans & Publications
Neighborhood AssociationBlack Hawk Park West Neighborhood Association
Neighborhood Programs & Activities
Historic Register Properties in the Neighborhood