Alford is the first town encounted after leaving the ‘copper triangle’ and heading north to Port Pirie. Alford is only a short distance from Wallaroo. Alford is a very small town that has limited services and a shadow of a bygone era. There is plenty of evidence of earlier prosperity. That said Alford still qualifies for a Bustout synopsis.
The SA Government first surveyed the township in 1882, naming it after Henry Alford (1816–1892), pioneer and inaugural member of the South Australia Police under Henry Inman in 1838. The first blocks were auctioned in September 1882. Within several years there was a small township comprising a hotel (Alford Hotel), general store, churches, school, and blacksmith servicing the surrounding farming community.
The natural landform is undulating fertile plains, which often feature limestone and dunes. Founded on the agricultural industry, which surrounds the township, most of the original mallee scrub vegetation has been cleared for highly productive broad-acre wheat and barley farming, plus grazing and mixed farming.