Rockford is so jam packed with history that even those who have lived their entire lives are still learning new little tidbits about the area they grew up in. This doesn’t mean that there’s too much to learn, it simply means that there’s a lot of interesting details out there.
Pick a part of the town that you really enjoy, and go there. It could be anywhere from your favorite clothing store, to a little corner of your backyard. Stand there and soak it up for what it is today.
Then turn the clock back, and imagine what that very spot was like a hundred years ago.
A hundred years is a long time, and there may have been countless changes to the area you chose since then. Do you think the area used to be farmland? A wooded area? Someone’s home?
Then again, maybe nothing has changed. Maybe that corner of your backyard was simply a corner of someone else’s backyard then, and the same grass grows beneath your feet.
The story doesn’t have to be based on what was actually there. In fact, the more creative the better. Just take the time to get your mind wandering and let your imagination do the rest.