Learn About The History Of Rockville MD

A major incorporated city

Rockville, MD the county seat of Montgomery County. It is also part of the metropolitan area (Baltimore, Washington). The town is in the heart of Interstate 270 Technology corridor. This is home to multiple biotechnology and software organizations as well as a couple of government institutions. Today it is also known to have many upscale regional shopping malls. Things were not always like this as the city has a long and rich history.


Out of Water

Worth noting is that in July 1953 the town ran out of water. It was a shocking experience mainly because it is a region surrounded by streams. It was also ironic in that it got its name from one of the springs known as Rock Creek.

Lack of water spurred campaigns demanding modernization of infrastructure and government of the area whose population stood at about 7,000 individuals. It bore fruit because, during the next municipal election, many reformers made it to the mayors and city council office. As a result of this, several things happened like:

• The end of no-bid contracts.
• Employing of expert staff members
• Publishing zoning rules and the budget.
• The public had an understanding of how the government was operating.
• In 1954, Look magazine, and National Municipal League declared Rockville an All-American City.


Momentum continued

Within six years the population had explored to record 26,000 residents. The place was also experiencing land annexations and leaders in Rockville, MD was filled with a positive "can-do" energy. It led them to sign up for urban renewal that saw them bulldoze almost 47 acres of downtown an area that had organically grown for hundreds of years.


During this exercise

A hundred and eleven buildings were brought down. Only a couple of iconic structures were allowed to remain standing like the Red Brick Courthouse that dated to 1891. Authorities have been struggling to get the downtown area right since the demolition. They have constructed Rockville Town Square blending in modern features with a neo-traditionalist model to deliver a back to the future look.


Parts of Rockville's history coincide with that of America.

After the declaration of independence, Montgomery County was separated from Frederic County. At this time streets were dirt wagon roads. A section of the byway stretched from the district in a place known as Georgetown through woodlands, pastures, and tobacco fields to Fredrick town. By 1830, there was a stagecoach service that linked the two cities daily making a stop at Rockville.


In 1801

General Assembly of Maryland was ordered to take a survey of the town plan after the federal government settled on Potomac River banks. The same year the settlement was known as Rockville. Only 150 humans were counted within its limits and countless farm animals. The city then started growing slowly and at some point has a county clerk who was working long hours to serve citizens in Montgomery.


It even had a small hotel

An academy for boys, and merchants who had products that catered to basic needs. Worth noting is that through the World Wars, Rockville, MD managed to keep its town small feel even though population boom and rapid expansion brought up the need for big-town amenities. During the Second World War, the population grew from 26,042 from around 2,047. Newcomers in the area were mostly veterans and their families.


Today Rockville has more than 60,000 residents

The population is still growing. Dynamics attracting new people to the city in the 18th and 19th century are the same pulling people in. At a glimpse, these are favorable location, the presence of county government, identity as an independent municipality and converging transportation routes.