- Country: United States
- State: Michigan
- County: Oakland
- Elevation: 751 feet
- Mayor Stuart Bikson
- City Manager Kenneth A. Johnson
- City 3.9 sq. mi.
- Land 3.9 sq. mi.
- Water 0.0 sq. mi.
- City 10.467
- Density 2,710.6/sq. mi.
- Time Zone EST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
- Area Code 248
The first settlers in what would become Rochester, the Graham family, built a log cabin in 1817. The cabin was located where the "Quik-Pik & Penn Station" store is at the intersection of Main and Second Street. One of the founding families, the VanHoosen family, are the most famous settlers of Rochester, MI. Their house, located in VanHoosen park, is still standing today. Many tourists come to take a tour inside the house and around to their barn.
The city was named for Rochester, New York.
By 1895, Rochester's population was 900.
The city became an industrial center with abundant waterpower from the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Rochester was served by two railroads as well as the Detroit United Railway, a passenger trolley to Royal Oak and Detroit.
Chapman Mill Pond, east of downtown, disappeared into the Paint Creek when the dam broke during the flood of 1946. The reclaimed land is the site of the current post office, library, and Olde Town Road.
Michigan was declared the 26th state in 1837, and the Village of Rochester was formed on April 12, 1869, within the boundries of Avon Township. The Village of Rochester became a city in 1966, breaking away from Avon Township. Avon Township became the City of Rochester Hills in 1984. Source: Rochester-Avon Historical Society. Rochester: Preserving History, a Pictorial Journey. Rochester, Mich.
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