Rockford is a town that has a history filled with two important elements: fire and water. The Rogue River flows through the city and has been the center of development. It has offered a base in which businesses and people have thrived together since 1843. This same river that has given the city energy, economic opportunities, and fresh water, has also caused devastation due to flooding. The river has been dammed since the beginning of permanent settlement, but it wasn’t until 1920 when the dam was rebuilt with a concrete base that the river was truly tamed. The dam is a center point of the downtown area, today, and a must-see stop for those passing through.
Along with the wild Rogue River, fire has also been an important part in Rockford history. There have been numerous fires that burned the city to the ground. One of the most iconic buildings downtown Rockford is the Corner Bar, and it is this brick building that survived the fires. Because of this, many other buildings were built with brick to imitate it in hopes that they won’t burn again. For this reason, most of the downtown area is made of beautiful brick buildings.