Rochefourchat

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Rochefourchat
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Rochefourchat is located in France
Rochefourchat
Rochefourchat
Coordinates: 44°35′58″N 5°14′53″E / 44.5994°N 5.2481°E / 44.5994; 5.2481Coordinates: 44°35′58″N 5°14′53″E / 44.5994°N 5.2481°E / 44.5994; 5.2481
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Drôme
Arrondissement Die
Canton La Motte-Chalancon
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Martigny
Area1 12.74 km2 (4.92 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1
 • Density 0.078/km2 (0.20/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 26274 / 26340
Elevation 600–1,513 m (1,969–4,964 ft)
(avg. 963 m or 3,159 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Rochefourchat is a commune in the Drôme department in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. In the commune there is a single house, a converted barn, and the ruins of an old castle. The nearest communes to Rochefourchat are Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Les Tonils, Pradelle, and Brette.

History[edit]

In 1178, the castle of Rocha Forcha was built by the bishops of the arrondissement of Die as a stronghold against the Holy Roman Emperors. It belonged to French lords until the year 1766 when the last one, Lord Rey de Noinville, died. In 1796, a French trader, Pierre Jossaud bought the land surrounding the castle and renamed it Rochefourchat. The commune has been passed down through Jossaud's family.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1806 221 —    
1911 64 −71.0%
1950 31 −51.6%
1962 14 −54.8%
1968 6 −57.1%
1975 2 −66.7%
1982 3 +50.0%
1990 2 −33.3%
1999 1 −50.0%
2008 1 +0.0%

There is only one permanent inhabitant, making it the least populous French commune.

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