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ROCHESTER, TEXAS

Haskell County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
Highway 6 and FM 617
10 miles N of Rule
19 miles NW of Haskell

Population: 378

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Downtown Rochester Texas
Downtown Rochester
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
History on a Pinhead

Rochester came into being with the arrival of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad in 1906. A. B. Carothers donated the rail right-of-way and although the town was to be named in his honor - the name was rejected by postal authorities and was named after Rochester, New York.

The population was 400 by 1915 and the town incorporated seven years later. It reached its high-water mark just before WWII when 611 people called it home. The 1990 the population was 458 and it appears on the 2000 census as 378.

Rochester Today

Rochester Tx Depot Museum
Rochester Depot Museum
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Rochester Tx Museum Mural
Museum Mural
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Rochester Tx Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial
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Rochester Tx School Entrance
Rochester School
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Closed gas station in Rochester Texas
A closed gas station
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Rochester Tx Cemetery
Rochester Cemetery
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Rochester Chronicles

Rochester Teacher by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
"...When the Haskell County community of Marcy made the decision in 1906 to relocate three miles to be on the right of way of the new Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad, A.B. Carothers donated the land for the new tracks and 160 acres for the town site.

In appreciation, the railroad gave him first choice on what the new town should be called. He thought Carothers, Texas had a nice ring to it, but a check with postal authorities determined that name had already been taken in Texas. Not being able to honor the Haskell County land owner, the railroad opted to call the new town Rochester, after Rochester, N.Y.

His altruistic spirit not dampened, Carothers paid for construction of a one-room school house. Classes began in the fall with nine grades and one teacher... more
Rochester Texas water tower
Water tower in Rochester
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