Located just 10 miles northeast of the Quad Cities, Port Byron gives residents an opportunity to live in a relaxing community away from the busy lifestyle of the Quad Cities metropolitan area. With a population of 1,700 and growing, many people are realizing that Port Byron is home.
History The first European settlers came to this location in 1828. The area belonged to the Potawatomi people at the time, and during the Black Hawk War of 1832, the settlers relocated to Fort Armstrong on Rock Island, about 12 miles downstream. After the war, the settlers returned. The Syms brothers developed a wood yard that sold firewood to the steamboats hauling lead from Galena to St. Louis. The town was platted in 1836. The name was meant to honor Lord Byron, the English poet. A number of businesses developed here, notably the production of quicklime for construction. This was produced from the local limestone. The work attracted a number of Swedish immigrants. The village was incorporated in 1877, and Port Byron real estate has been coveted ever since.
Port Byron Community Port Byron is located in Rock Island Country, only a few minutes away from the Quad cities. Being along the east bank of the Mississippi River it gives the town an opportunity to enjoy all the joys of living waterfront and allows quick access to the quaint town of LeClaire for antique shopping. Most recently Metrolink bus service added Port Byron to their route giving its residents access to all of the other stops the Metrolink visits.
Attractions and Entertainment If there is one event Port Byron is known for it is Tug Fest, which is a tug of war competition between Port Byron, IL and LeClaire, IA. . The event includes a grand fireworks display, a parade, a 5K run, a rib cook-off, a kids' tug, and the main event. Traffic on the Mississippi River is shut down for this event. A rope is run across the river with one end in Port Byron and the other end in LeClaire. There are about a dozen tug events over a two-hour period. This has been an annual event since about 1987. As the Quad Cities are only 12 miles southwest of Port Byron, attractions and entertainment opportunities for the Quad Cities communities are readily accessible to Port Byron residents.
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