Rogersville, Alabama

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Rogersville, Alabama
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Alabama
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°49′24″N 87°17′8″W / 34.82333°N 87.28556°W / 34.82333; -87.28556
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lauderdale
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,199
 • Density 386.8/sq mi (149.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35652
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-66216
GNIS feature ID 0153210
Website City Website

Rogersville is a town in Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population of the town is 1,199. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals".


The town became an incorporated municipality on February 2, 1858.[1] Originally known as "Rodgersville", it took its name from Andrew and Patience Rodgers of South Carolina who moved into the area and purchased 79.8 acres (323,000 m2) at a public land sale in Huntsville on May 3, 1818. Their land eventually became what is now the downtown business district.[2] When the Rogersville Post Office was established on October 4, 1825 with Thomas Cunningham as the postmaster, the 'd' was dropped from the town's name and it has been known as Rogersville ever since.[1]

The town became a popular trading center due in part to its location near the intersection of three early thoroughfares, U.S. 72, Snake Road and Lamb's Ferry Road. U.S. 72, which now connects Chattanooga and Memphis, TN, was once part of an Indian trail from Ditto's Landing on the Tennessee River south of Huntsville and was used to bypass the Muscle Shoals river barrier. Snake Road leads out of Rogersville into neighboring Limestone County and provided passage from Florence to Athens by way of a shallow ford across Elk River. Lamb's Ferry Road was named for John Lamb who moved from Indian Creek in Giles County, TN in 1816 to establish a ferry across the Tennessee River south of what would later become Rogersville. Lamb's Ferry became an important river port where boats from Knoxville and other points on the upper Tennessee River would unload supplies that were taken over land to areas around Pulaski, TN.[3]


Rogersville is located at 34°49′24″N 87°17′8″W / 34.82333°N 87.28556°W / 34.82333; -87.28556 (34.823444, -87.285693).[4] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 435
1920 397
1930 445 12.1%
1940 508 14.2%
1950 531 4.5%
1960 766 44.3%
1970 950 24.0%
1980 1,224 28.8%
1990 1,125 −8.1%
2000 1,199 6.6%
2010 1,257 4.8%
Est. 2013 1,240 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,199 people, 536 households, and 361 families residing in the town. The population density was 389.6 people per square mile (150.3/km²). There were 604 housing units at an average density of 196.3 per square mile (75.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.08% White, 5.67% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 536 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,779, and the median income for a family was $37,639. Males had a median income of $30,852 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,435. About 10.2% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Ken Cooper, former professional football player - brother of Norman Cooper
  • Susan Parker, 37th Alabama State Auditor
  • Larry Woods, former NFL player
  • Robert Woods, former NFL offensive tackle
  • Norman Tellous Cooper - (1913 - 1994)- AL Sports Hall of Fame - Coached football at Howard College ,Vanderbilt, Kansas and LSU - former professional football player - 1933 graduated from Lauderdale County High School, Rogersville, AL; 1937 graduated with B.S. from Howard College, Birmingham, AL; 1941 graduated with M.A. from Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN - brother of Ken Cooper—Norman's nicknames "Archie", "Slim" , "Shorty"


  1. ^ a b Bayles, Arthur and Robbie. "General Trends of the Town of Rogersville on the Move" On file with the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce
  2. ^ McDonald, William L. Rogersville Played Key Role in Settlement of Lauderdale County, TimesDaily (August 3, 2003), p. 18G
  3. ^ McDonald, William L. Rodgers Family Namesake of City, TimesDaily (August 12, 2007), p. 7F
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 34°49′24″N 87°17′08″W / 34.823444°N 87.285693°W / 34.823444; -87.285693