Like neighboring Williamsburg, Coal Creek, and several other county towns, Rockvale (1882, 5,350 feet) began as a coal camp. Remnants of the commercial district include the diminutive Rockvale Town Hall (1913), southeast corner of Railroad and Mesa streets, with its pressed concrete false front and wood-framed bell tower. The two-block downtown district of May and Knob streets includes the wood-frame vernacular St. Patrick's Church (1891).
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