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Initially inhabited by the Hopewell, Mascouten, and Ottawa tribes, modern Rockford got its start in 1843 with a dam and a sawmill built by William Hunter. By 1856 it was called Laphamville. Later, the railroad company suggested they choose a shorter name and “Rockford” was chosen in 1866. With a lovely dining and shopping district on the banks of the Rogue River, Picturesque Rockford enjoys the refreshing ambiance of an engaging small town. You’ll love a brisk walk over the Rockford Dam after lunching riverside. With lush woodlands and water, Rockford continues to be a desirable area to live. Schools: Rockford Public Schools.
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HISTORY OF ROCKFORD
The Rockford area was first visited and inhabited by Native American cultures, such as the Hopewell, Mascouten, and Ottawa tribes. There have not been archeological finds of Native American settlements in the Rogue River valley, but their trails branched through the area and were noted by early surveyors. The first important settler of what would become the city of Rockford was Smith Lapham, who had come to Kent County in 1843 after living in Washtenaw County for 18 years. Smith Lapham came to the banks of the Rogue to assist in the completion of a dam and sawmill begun by a William Hunter. Hunter gave Lapham 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land on the east side of the Rogue for his trouble, and Lapham stayed there for the rest of his life. Hunter shortly left the area . . . Read More
Kent District Library – Krause Memorial Branch
140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341
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