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Rockford, Alabama
Town
Rockford, Alabama in 2011.
Location in Coosa County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°53′17″N 86°13′10″W / 32.88806°N 86.21944°W / 32.88806; -86.21944Coordinates: 32°53′17″N 86°13′10″W / 32.88806°N 86.21944°W / 32.88806; -86.21944
Country United States
State Alabama
County Coosa
Area
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 428
 • Density 129.7/sq mi (49.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35136
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-65472
GNIS feature ID 0153189

Rockford is a town in Coosa County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 477. The town is the county seat of Coosa County.

History

The Coosa County Courthouse is located in Rockford which is the county seat of Coosa County.
The old Coosa County Jailhouse is located in Rockford.

Coosa County was formed on December 18, 1832. The first name of the town was Lexington. In 1835 the name was changed to Rockford.[1]

Education

Public education in Rockford is provided by the Coosa County Board of Education. There are four schools located in Rockford: Central High School (grades 9 through 12), Central Middle School (grades 5 through 8), Central Elementary School (grades (K through 4), and Coosa County Science and Technology Center (grades 9 through 12).

Fred the Town Dog

In 1993, a sick dog wandered into Rockford. The animal was called "Fred" and was nursed back to health by town residents. For the next ten years, Fred was the town mascot.

Fred gained popularity through a regular newspaper column, "A Dog's Life," about his activities and encounters. He was on a television show on cable TV's Animal Planet.

Fred died on December 23, 2002 in a Birmingham animal hospital, from a mysterious animal bite. He was buried behind the town's old jailhouse. A full-size grave marker, donated by a Montgomery businessman, was added in May, 2003. Fred was inducted into the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association Animal Hall of Fame in 2004.[2]

References

  1. Hoskins Morton, Patricia (December 10, 2009). "Coosa County". Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1313. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. "Fred the Town Dog". RoadsideAmerican.com. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/pet/fredtowndog.html. Retrieved 25 January 2010.