Rockford is the seat of Coosa County. It has a mayor/council form of government.
Located on Hatchet Creek, Rockford was known originally as Lexington, but the name was changed to Rockford in 1835. An effort was made to move the seat, but Rockford retained its status, being selected over Nixburg and Wetumpka in May 1840. In 1906, the courthouse was renovated. Later in the twentieth century, the textile industry became a major employer for local residents, particularly Avondale Mills. Avondale established a plant in Rockford and plants in Sylacauga to the north and Alexander City to the east. The Rockford plant closed in January 2008, and Avondale went out of business shortly thereafter.
The 2010 Census lists Rockford's population as 477. Of that number, 62.5 percent of the population reported itself as white, 37.5 percent as African American, and 1.3 percent as Hispanic. MThe city's median household income was $38,772, and per capita income was $21,191.
The workforce in present-day Rockford is divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (23.8 percent)
· Manufacturing (12.3 percent)
· Retail trade (12.3 percent)
· Public administration (10.0 percent)
· Construction (9.2 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (6.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (6.9 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.8 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services (1.5 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (1.5 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.3 percent)
Public education in Rockford is administered by the Coosa County School District, which oversees one K-8th grade elementary school and one 9th-12th grade high school that collectively enroll approximately 890 students employ nearly 45 teachers in Rockford. In addition, there is a science and technology school for 9th-12th graders.
Rockford is accessed by U.S. Route 231 and state routes 21 and 53, all of which run north-south, and State Route 22, which runs east-west. In addition, County Road 18 enters the town from the southeast.
Events and Places of Interest
The Old Rock Jail, more formally the former Coosa County Jail, dates from 1825. It is on the National Register of Historic
Places and houses a museum. On the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage are the Rockford Women's Club House (ca. 1932),
the James Powell House, and Old Rockford Elementary School (ca. 1927). Behind the Rock Jail lies the grave of Fred the Town
Dog, a stray who was adopted by the town in 1993 and lived there a decade, dying in 2002. He became nationally known after
being featured on the Animal Planet television network and was inducted into the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame in 2004.
Brewer, George. History of Coosa County, Alabama. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1987.
Heritage of Coosa County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published July 18, 2011
Last updated March 21, 2013