Iligan City had its beginning in the village of Bayug 2.5 kilometers north of the present poblacion. The poblacion of old Iligan is located west of the present city market.
The Gobernadorcillo at the time when the spaniards abandoned Iligan 1800 was the famous Hilarion Ramiro.
In 1903,it was politically incorporated into the newly created Moro Province. In 1913, it became a municipality of the Lanao District Department of Mindanao and Sulu and on June 16,1950 it became a chartered city and capital of Lanao del Norte.
Economic development likewise started with the launching of the nationwide economic mobilization in 1950. Maria Cristina Falls was harnessed and the Hydroelectric Plant.
There are many falls that you visit. One is Maria Cristina Falls, It is 9.3 kms from the main city proper. It is Iligan's greatest heritage, is the most resplended among the city's 20 waterfalls. Known as the "Mother of the Industry" and "Fountain Head of Progress." It is 320 ft. high and the veritable source of industrial life in the city. It can be reached by all typed of vehicle.
Second is Mimbalut falls, it is 11 kms. from the city. Approximately it is 90 ft. and 18 ft. wide. It is a site to behold and provides a very enjoyable swimming spot.
Tinago falls is third from the list. It is located 14.5 kms. from the city. As literally implied, it is hidden in a deep ravine. It has an elevation of approximately 420 ft.
Another is Dodiongan Falls. It is also located 14.5 kms. From the city. It's a 65.60 ft. falls high. The pool at the foot of the falls is very ideal for swimming. Last is Limunsudan Falls. It is located at Barangay Rogongon, 54 kms. away from the city. It has the claim of being the country's highest waterfall. It is a beautiful two-tierred falls, the lower cascade alone is higher than the 320 ft. drop of Ma. Cristina Falls. It has a total of 870 ft.
Visit the National Steel Corporation Guesthouse. It is 5 kms. Away from the city proper, located at Barangay Suarez. Rising 200 ft. above sea level. It provides a glimpse of Maranao influence.