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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 Countyfor 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.
Lapham built his own sawmill on his side of the river, which was completed by 1844. Other settlers soon followed, including John Long, Freeman Burch, and William Thornton. By the fall of 1845, the settlement had about 5 houses. Since the settlement existed largely on land owned or sold by Smith Lapham, it became known as Laphamville. In 1856 it was first platted as Laphamville by William Thornton.
By 1865 the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company had begun a railroad extending northward through the village. The railroad had been advising the residents to adopt a shorter name, and when a newly arrived resident from Rockford, Illinois proposed the name of his former town, the new name was narrowly approved. It was replatted under the name Rockford in 1865 and incorporated as the Village of Rockford in June 1866 with 315 inhabitants.

Local Culture
The White Pine Trail runs through the downtown area of Rockford, next to the Rogue River and the Rockford Dam. The downtown area hosts a summer farmer's market on Saturday. The city hosts a Fall Harvest Festival. The Rockford Historical Society also hosts events.

Education

Rockford is served by the Rockford Public Schools.


Notable people from Rockford

  • Dathan Ritzenhein, Olympic distance runner, former American 5k record holder
  • Dick York, best known for playing Darrin Stephens on the 60's sitcom Bewitched
  • Adam Kieft, lineman with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL
  • John Kiedis, father of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis
  • John C. Sjogren, Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
  • Joe Staley, Left Tackle for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Julia A. Moore, American poet
  • Andrew Britton, Author
  • Brent Bookwalter, Cyclist and participant in the 2010 Tour de France
  • Jason Hartmann, Distance Runner, 4th place finisher in the 2012 Boston Marathon
  • Jeremy Britt, Winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser in 2012
  • Jeremy Jones, Defensive back for the Chicago Bears
  • Ginger Zee, Meteorologist on ABC's weekend edition of Good Morning America

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  • $228,105 Average Listing Price
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  • $120 Average Sale Price per Square Foot

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