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The Village of Rapids City

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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.

2018 Community Clean-up Day

2018 Community Clean-up Day


Rapids City Junior Women's Club volunteer project

Rapids City Junior Women's Club volunteer project

News and Events

The Public Works Department will be conducting fire hydrant flushing this week beginning tomorrow 09-21-2021.


The Village of Rapids City has provided a link to the Rock Island County Health Department website to aid with the COVID-19 vaccination process. https://www.richd.org/  If you have questions related to public health please contact the Rock Island County Health Department.


• Village Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. At this time the meetings are being held upstairs at Village Hall located at 1204 4th Avenue. All meeting attendees are required to wear a mask when medically tolerable to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All meeting agendas will have a link to attend open meetings virtually via Zoom.

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Your Annual Water Quality Report is now available at www.ilrwa.org/CCR/RapCity.pdf.

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