Rock River
Rock River
Byron's Historical Monument

History of Community

The City of Byron was incorporated in 1878, although the town officially commemorates its founding in 1835, the year in which Jared Sanford stopped to stake a claim on his way to Midway (now Rockford).  

Byron is a historic city and quaint tourist destination which is showcased by the beautiful Rock River.  Byron boasts a wonderful natural setting with numerous recreational venues, such as the Byron Forest Preserve, Byron Park District and the Byron Museum of history. 

The population is 3,753 within city limits (per 2010 Census), and 11,259 in the Greater Byron Area.