Rock Run, Alabama

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Rock Run, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Rock Run, Alabama is located in Alabama
Rock Run, Alabama
Rock Run, Alabama
Rock Run, Alabama is located in the US
Rock Run, Alabama
Rock Run, Alabama
Coordinates: 34°01′40″N 85°29′43″W / 34.02778°N 85.49528°W / 34.02778; -85.49528Coordinates: 34°01′40″N 85°29′43″W / 34.02778°N 85.49528°W / 34.02778; -85.49528
Country United States
State Alabama
County Cherokee
Elevation 732 ft (223 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 256 & 938
GNIS feature ID 155218[1]

Rock Run is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County, Alabama, United States. Rock Run is located on County Route 29, 13.6 miles (21.9 km) southeast of Centre.


Rock Run had its start as a mining community, and may have been named from a run on the rocks containing iron ore.[2] According to another story, a settler climbing a hill dislodged a rock, and watching it roll down the hill, said "Look at that rock run!"[3] A post office operated under the name Rock Run from 1883 to 1957.[4]


In 1890, it was listed on the U.S. Census as having 360 residents, making it the largest incorporated community in Cherokee County, narrowly ahead of Centre, the county seat.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 360
U.S. Decennial Census[5]


Below are photographs recorded in Rock Run during the Historic American Buildings Survey:


  1. ^ "Rock Run". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Cherokee County, Ala.". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 46. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Smith Katie (Jun 17, 1984). "Names often lend special air to places". Gadsden Times. pp. B1. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cherokee County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.