Location: Dorrance Park Forest Preserve, Route 84 & Agnes St., Port Byron, IL 61275

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Nathaniel Dorrance, the original owner of the land and the park’s namesake, willed the property to the Port Byron Academy.

Upon dissolution of the academy, the land went to Dorrance’s heir, his grandson Clarence Stephens, who donated the land to the Village of Port Byron for the Port Byron High School to use as an athletic field

In 1944, the village deeded the property to the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District with the provision the county maintain the land for its continued use by Port Byron High School.

The high school has since closed, but Dorrance Park remains under the auspices of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District.


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