Remember when the North Target in Rochester was where Hobby Lobby is now?

Rochester is known for two things - Mayo Clinic and having lots of construction.  Ok, we probably have a few more fun facts about our town but the fact is, our town has changed a lot through the years.  We've got bars that are now providing funeral services and schools that have disappeared from our map and roads that have completely changed.

Wow! Check out how Rochester has changed throughout the years in these Google photos.

As we are soaring down Hwy 52, it is hard to imagine what life was like in our town before the Target store was built where it is today. Or the house that you live in now, at one point in town, that wasn't there. In fact, Rochester has grown so fast throughout the years, most of our houses weren't even around 50 years ago! Don't believe me? Look through these photos to get a glimpse of what Rochester was like years ago.

I think the one biggest change for me, and one that still makes me pause when I drive by, is the bar that is now a crematorium.  I would have NEVER guessed that history.

What's one thing that you miss in Rochester?

It's hard to remember all of the restaurants and stores that used to be in our town, or even how our roads used to look.  Hwy 52 had this really weird interchange at 19th Street NW.  I can't even remember how it was odd but I remember driving it and thinking that I wasn't safe.  I don't miss that but there are quite a few restaurants and stores that I wish we didn't lose.  You can see some of those below.

What is one thing that you miss in Rochester?

I'd love to hear about your memories.  Is there a business you enjoyed when you were a kid that no longer is around?  Let me know what you are missing and add your comment to the Facebook post below or send me a note over on my Facebook page - Jessica On The Radio - or over on Instagram.

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