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ABOUT ROCKFORD
Rockford is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the Rogue River, a few miles north of Grand Rapids. In West Michigan, with its wonder and beauty, Rockford is a destination apart. It’s a special place where generations have come to make a good home, build a thriving business… or just spend a day relaxing by the Rogue River. What’s your pleasure? Likely you will find it in Rockford. Beautiful views. A scenic dam. Fun shopping. Good restaurants. Lovely parks. Music and activities. Friendly people. A safe, walkable community with much to see and do . . . Read More

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

TOWNSHIP / LOCAL GOVERNMENT
City of Rockford
Rockford Chamber of Commerce

LIBRARY
Kent District Library – Krause Memorial Branch
140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341
616-784-2007

ZIP CODES
49341, 49351

REPORT CARD
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SCHOOLS
Rockford Public Schools
Rockford Christian School
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