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The Village of Rapids City

Located at the upper end of the Rock Island Rapids, Rapids City grew around the site of a grist and saw mill. Laid out in 1838 and incorporated in 1875, the village boomed during the 1870's through the 1880's. Because of neighboring coal mines during this period, grocery and dry goods stores, a blacksmith shop, a restaurant, hotel, millinery and shoe store provided services for miners, farmers, and their families. Charles Shuler operated the Rapids City Coal Mining Company during the 1880's.

Modern day Rapids City is located in the eastern portion of the Quad City metropolitan area along the banks of the Mississippi river in northwestern Illinois. It is a part of Rock Island County and is situated where Interstate 80 crosses into Iowa. Rapids City's land area equals 960 acres with a perimeter boundary just under 6 miles. The current population of 960 citizens is growing due to increased housing starts in new subdivisions.


The Public Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of 10-30-17.


REMINDER!! Rapids City residents are required to take out a building permit for any project that cost over $500. This includes electrical, building, plumbing, mechanical. If there are any questions, please call the village office at: (309) 496-2321 for clarification. If you or your contractor are caught performing work without a permit, the permit will be doubled. Thank you. Rapids City Village Board.


Rapids City Junior Women's Club volunteer project

News and Events

Village Board Meetings
2nd Tuesday of every month
7 P.M., Rapids City Village Hall

Next Meeting Agenda

🎃 👻 Trick or Treat times are on Halloween night from 5pm-7pm 🎃 👻


Rapids City President Harold J. Mire, Jr. & Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon for Rapids City's Senior Citizens 60+.
This is a FREE luncheon to honor our 60+ Senior Citizens.
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm; Lunch being served at noon.
Place: Rapids City Community Center
1204 4th Avenue Rapids City
No Village funds are used for this event.

We now have a "Little Library" located at 730-17th Street, alongside of the maintenance shop. This is a take and leave books. It was donated by the Rotary Club. Please take advantage of this awesome new addition to our community!

Your Annual Water Quality Report is now available at the Illinois Rural Water Association. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. To speak with someone about this report or to have a copy of it mailed to you, please call (309) 496-2321.

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