Rolling Meadows is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 24,607 at the 2000 census. Rolling Meadows is located in Cook County and is 24 miles (39km) NW of the Loop. In 1836 Orrin Ford became the first landowner in the area that is now Rolling Meadows, staking his claim of 160 acres (0.65km2) in the tranquil forests and gently rolling terrain of an area known as Plum Grove. Other farm families followed, many traveling from Vermont. By the early 1840s settlers had built a dam across Salt Creek and had laid claim to the entire Plum Grove area.