The settler of the town named it after his hometown in Rochester, New York. The green landscape and cold winter were reminiscent of his native Rochester.

It thus began as a major transfer point between St. Paul and Dubuque. Initially, people traveled by stage coach and later by railroad. The railroad and its resources brought settlers in the 1860's.

A disastrous tornado attacked the town in 1883 which led Dr. Mayo, a local physician, to care for the wounded. This facility known as St. Mary's Hospital housed the miraculous Mayo Clinic. The modern Mayo Clinic and IBM computers has attracted the greater investment and development of Rochester throughout the 20th century.

Today, Rochester is regarded as a cosmopolitan, small city due to its immense local offerings and accessibility to the rest of the globe. Visitors and residents can find many things to do any time of the year.

Sports & activities such as the downtown waterfront bikeway and golfing are widely available. The performing and visual arts communities are also thriving in Rochester. Art openings and a variety of live music are regularly presented during the week.

Rochester is the 3rd largest city in Minnesota and lies 75 miles southeast of the Twin cities. Economic growth has made Rochester an invaluable cultural and business center in Minnesota