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Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA

"Rochester, a city, the capital of Olmsted co., Minn., is on the south Fork of the Zumbro River, 50 miles by rail W. of Winona, 40 miles E. of Owatonna, and about 40 miles S. of Red Wing. It contains a court-house, a high school, a school-house which cost $80,000, ample water-works, an electric-light system, 3 national banks, 4 newspaper offices, 11 churches, 3 flouring-mills, 3 large grain-elevators, 2 machine-shops, a furnace, and extensive manufactures of carriages, wagons, and butter. Pop. in 1890, 5321."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News 1869 - A Miss Cutler has been appointed superintendent of public instruction in Rochester, Minn.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    October 16, 1869

  • News 1870 - An emigrant wagon passing through Rochester, Minnesota, the other day, bore the quaint inscription: "Don't inquire - North Pole or bust!"

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 11, 1870

  • News 1883 - DEATH-DEALING CYCLONE. GREAT DESTRUCTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN MINNESOTA. A TRAIN LIFTED FROM THE RAILS AND MANY OF ITS PASSENGERS EITHER KILLED OR FEARFULLY WOUNDED.
    Winona, Aug. 22 - A cyclone struck Rochester about 7 o'clock last evening, and one-third of the city is in ruins. All north of the track is...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - PROBABLY FATAL RUNAWAY. Dr. E. C. Cross thrown from his Carriage and Seriously Hurt.
    Yesterday morning as the result of a small boy throwing a lighted firecracker in front of a team of colts driven by Dr. E. C. Cross, occurred an...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Rochester, a city, the capital of Olmsted co., Minn., is on the South Fork of the Zumbro River, 40 miles S. of Red Wing, on the Chicago and...Read MORE...


  • Rochester, Minnesota, USA
    One of the First Homes in Rochester, Minn.
  • Rochester, Minnesota, USA
    Broadway, Looking South, Rochester, Minn.
  • Rochester, Minnesota, USA
    Bird's-Eye View of Rochester, Minn.


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One of the First Homes in Rochester, Minn.

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Broadway, Looking South, Rochester, Minn.

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Bird's-Eye View of Rochester, Minn.
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  • News  1869 - A Miss Cutler has been appointed superintendent of public instruction in Rochester, Minn.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    October 16, 1869
  • News  1870 - An emigrant wagon passing through Rochester, Minnesota, the other day, bore the quaint inscription: "Don't inquire - North Pole or bust!"
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 11, 1870
  • News  1883 - DEATH-DEALING CYCLONE. GREAT DESTRUCTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN MINNESOTA. A TRAIN LIFTED FROM THE RAILS AND MANY OF ITS PASSENGERS EITHER KILLED OR FEARFULLY WOUNDED.
    Winona, Aug. 22 - A cyclone struck Rochester about 7 o'clock last evening, and one-third of the city is in ruins. All north of the track is... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - PROBABLY FATAL RUNAWAY. Dr. E. C. Cross thrown from his Carriage and Seriously Hurt.
    Yesterday morning as the result of a small boy throwing a lighted firecracker in front of a team of colts driven by Dr. E. C. Cross, occurred an... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Rochester, a city, the capital of Olmsted co., Minn., is on the South Fork of the Zumbro River, 40 miles S. of Red Wing, on the Chicago and... Read MORE...

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