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Rochester, Minnesota, USA - One of the First Homes in Rochester, Minn.

Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA

Rochester is home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is a major teaching and working facility. It is known world wide for its doctor's expertise and the newest methods of treatments.

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Rochester Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

One of the First Homes in Rochester, Minn.
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

One of the First Homes in Rochester, Minn.
Broadway, Looking South, Rochester, Minn.
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Broadway, Looking South, Rochester, Minn.
Bird's-Eye View of Rochester, Minn.
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Bird's-Eye View of Rochester, Minn.

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

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 16, 1869
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
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 devastated, including the Methodist church, Horton's elevator, and many other buildings. The railroad bridge was swept completely away. A freight train ran into a building which was blown on the track at Zambrota Junction, and the fireman, HIGGINS, is missing. Mayor Whitten of Rochester, telegraphs that there are 24 killed and 40 wounded in his town. JOHN M. COLE, a well-known miller was struck by a timber and killed. St. Charles reports one man killed in the county. Lewiston reports a house blown down. In Rochester itself 25 dead bodies have been taken from the debris and 100 are missing. MR. COOK, proprietor of the Cook House, JOHN COLE, and other prominent people were killed. CHARLES M. ZIERATH'S mother and sister were killed. The roofs were blown from the asylum and the Cook House. The storm came from the west, and was cyclonic. The list of... Read MORE...

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 accident which had a terrible and perhaps fatal termination. He was driving near the brewery owned by Sebuster Bros., when the team became frightened by the explosion of the fire-cracker near them, and started to run. The doctor would have been perfectly able to hold them had not a bit broken in the mouth of one of the animals, causing them to veer sharply to one side. As they were already going quite fast the consequence was that the carriage was overturned and Dr. Cross was thrown violently from his seat and through the picket fence on the south side of Second street.

The accident was seen by Mr. Benjamin Yates, of Pleasant Grove, and he, with Mr. Thomas Porter, of Marion, who was near, carried the injured man, as best they could, to his home. It was found that his left leg was broken, the bone projecting through the flesh and trousers... Read MORE...

1895 - Rochester
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
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 Northwestern and the Chicago Great-Western Rs. It has flouring-mills, machine- shops, a brewery, etc. Pop. in 1890, 5321 ; in 1900, 6843.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Rochester, Minnesota is the 2nd windiest city in the U.S. with an average wind speed of 12.6 mph.

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2023 - There's plenty to see and do in Rochester, Minnesota! Here's a diverse list to cover various interests:
Mayo Clinic Campus:

Take a tour of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Even if you're not a medical professional, the history and impact of Mayo Clinic are fascinating.
Quarry Hill Nature Center:

Enjoy the outdoors at Quarry Hill. They have beautiful trails for hiking, and during winter, you can try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Plummer House:

Explore the historic Plummer House and its stunning gardens. The architecture and the surrounding landscape are worth the visit.
Rochester Art Center:

Immerse yourself in contemporary art at the Rochester Art Center. They often have rotating exhibits, so there's always something new to see.
Silver Lake Park:

Relax by Silver Lake. The park offers walking trails, picnic areas, and a peaceful lake to unwind.
Rochester Trolley & Tour Company:

Take a guided tour of the city with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company. It's a great way to get an overview of the city's history and landmarks.
Assisi Heights:

Visit the Sisters ...

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