Location of Rushford, Minnesota
|• Total||1.73 sq mi (4.48 km2)|
|• Land||1.71 sq mi (4.43 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||728 ft (222 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,734|
|• Density||1,012.3/sq mi (390.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0650417|
Prior to settlement, the tract of land that became known as Rushford had been a favorite planting and camping ground for the Sioux and later Winnebago. In the winter of 1840 the one-eyed Winnebago Chieftan De-co-ray made his camp in the valley where the Rush Creek and Root River, known to the Native Americans as the Hokah River, met. Seven lines of Indian trails converged in what became of Rushford, and likely guided the first settlers down into the valley. Although a few expeditions of white men had come into the Root River valley where Rushford stands, the first settler, E.K. Dyer, arrived in May 1853. Upon his inspection of the area Dyer discovered the grave of a previous caucasian, marked by a crude wooden marker. Around the time that Dyer broke ground to plant corn the first Norwegian settlers were coming into the area and were laying claim to lands to the west and south. In March 1854 Joseph Otis, a Vermont native, arrived on foot from LaCrosse, WI. Otis decided that this beautiful land was a perfect spot to stake a claim and decided on a small tract of land east of the Rush Creek, in the area now known as Brooklyn. By December 1854 this area that Dyer had been calling Pomfret was renamed Rushford after a vote during a Christmas dinner served at Dyer's home. Named for the spot where the nearby Rush Creek could easily be forded. Every adult citizen of this small settlement signed the small petition; E.K Dyer and his wife, William Johnson, Joseph Otis and his wife, Hiram Walker and his wife, Joseph Pease and R.H. Valentine.
The current Mayor of Rushford is Chris Hallum.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.73 square miles (4.48 km2), of which 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water. The city of Rushford is completely surrounded by another city, Rushford Village.
Rushford is located in southeastern Minnesota's Bluff Country, part of the driftless area. Magelssen's Bluff, a 440-foot hill directly over the town, has the town name written in large white letters on the side of the hill.
Every five years, Rushford holds a city-wide Homecoming celebration, with a standing invitation to all former residents of the city to return and visit. The town also hosts an annual celebration formerly called "Frontier Days," now called "Rushford Days."
Rushford is one of several towns intersected by the Root River segment of the Blufflands State Trail, a Rails to Trails project linking several small towns along 42 miles of former railroad grade. The historic Rushford Depot (pictured to the right) is a landmark along this trail, with a museum inside the old depot and other historic buildings on the grounds.
Rushford also has several parks and a public swimming pool.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,731 people, 706 households, and 456 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,012.3 inhabitants per square mile (390.9 /km2). There were 772 housing units at an average density of 451.5 per square mile (174.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.
There were 706 households of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.
The median age in the city was 41.9 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,696 people, 704 households, and 433 families residing in the city. The population density is 988.5 people per square mile (380.7/km²). There are 761 housing units at an average density of 443.6 per square mile (170.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 99.00% White, 0.24% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 704 households out of which 29.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% are married couples living together, 8.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% are non-families. 34.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 22.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.26 and the average family size is 2.93.
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- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Rushford City Website
- Weiss, John (2007-08-24). "Stories emerge from Rushford flood". Post-Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
- Rushford-Peterson Schools Website