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Entry from April 17, 2005
Rochester: Flour City (nickname)
An early nickname for Rochester was "Flour City" because of its role in the production and transportation of flour. "Rochester, the great flour city" was cited in an 1847 newspaper. "Rochester, The Flour City" was cited in an 1848 newspaper.

"Flower City" came into use mostly as a misspelling (or variation) of "Flour City." "The beautiful 'Flour' and, as he expressed it 'Flower' city" was cited in 1866.

Minneapolis (MN) was also known as the "Flour City" in the 1800s.


Wikipedia: Rochester, New York
Rochester (/ˈrɒtʃɨstər/ or /ˈrɒˌtʃɛstər/) is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. Known as The World's Image Center, it was also once known as The Flour City, and more recently as The Flower City, annually hosting the Lilac Festival. It is the county seat for Monroe County.

29 June 1847, Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), pg. 2, col. 1:
WEBSTER'S BURR MILL-STONE FACTORY. -- A short time since all the mill stones used in this state were ordered from the east. Rochester, the great flour city, gave employment to a large number of men on work for western mills.

10 March 1848, Detroit (MI) Free Press, pg. 3, col. 1:
Rochester, The Flour City True.
The democrats have elected their candidate for mayor, ...

8 January 1850, (Auburn, NY), pg. 2, col. 4:
Also the Rochester News, and able Daily from the flour city.

Making of America
Author: Curtiss, Daniel S.
Title: Western portraiture, and emigrants' guide: a description of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa; with remarks on Minnesota, and other territories. By
Daniel S. Curtiss.
Publication date: 1852.
From the large amount of excellent flour that is manufactured at Rochester, N. Y., that place is called the 'Flour City;'

OCLC WorldCat record
Edward Kewin, dealer in confectionery fruits, nuts, &c. Oysters in every style. Ice Cream furnished by the gallon. No. 93 Main Street, Rochester, N. Y. ...
Author: Edward Kewin
Publisher: [Rochester, N.Y.] : From Flour City Bag Warehouse, 25 West Main St. Rochester. N.Y., [between 1850 and 1870]
Series: Archive of Americana.; American broadsides and ephemera., Series 1 ;, no. 20379.
Edition/Format: Book : English

6 July 1855, Boston (MA) Herald, "The Fourth at Rochester," pg. 1, col. 1:
ROCHESTER, N. Y., July 2, 1855.
Dear Herald: -- We left the "Bay State" a few weeks since, and, for the time being, are adjourning in this, the "Flour City," where we intend to occasionally gie you an inkling of affairs, past, present and future.

6 July 1866, The Israelite (Cincinnati, OH), "Benai Berith matters in Rochester," pg. 5, col. 3:
In the afternoon, he was driven over the city and shown all the attractions of the beautiful "Flour" and, as he expressed it "Flower" city, ...

OCLC WorldCat record
Flour City march : for the piano
Author: P A Little
Publisher: Rochester (43 State St., Rochester, N.Y.) : Joseph P. Shaw, ©1870.
Edition/Format: Musical score : Marches : No Linguistic Content

16 April 1875, Cincinnati (OH) Daily Times, pg. 3, col. 8:
American Nicknames.
[From Chamber's Journal.}
... Rochester, N. Y., Flour City; ..

23 December 1876, Pomeroy's Democrat (Chicago, IL), "Sobriquets of American Cities" by Phineas Fairfax, pg. 3, col. 5:
Rochester, New York, is called the "Flour City," owing to the large number of its flour mills, some of which are reputed to be the largest in the world. Lately it is oftener written "Flower City," in honor of the extensive and elegant flower gardens within and near its limits.

26 July 1883, Troy (NY) Weekly Times, "Nicknames of American Cities," pg. 3, col. 7:
Rochester, N. Y. -- Flour city.

22 September 1883, The Saturday Evening Post, "Nicknames of American Cities," pg. 3, col. 3:
Rochester, N. Y. -- Flower city.

15 November 1883, Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, Maryland), pg.1, col. 7:
NICKNAMES OF CITIES.
Rochester, N. Y. - Flour City.

25 August 1889, Boston (MA) Daily Globe, pg. 17:
NICKNAMES OF CITIES.
(...)
Rochester, N.Y., Flour City.

OCLC WorldCat record
Rochester, New York, the flour city : its wonderful growth and business prosperity : a glance at its history, a review of its commerce and manufactures, and a description of its business enterprises : a natural hive of industry : richly endowed by nature as a manufacturing center, distributing point and healthful place of residence : artistic illustrations of buildings, residences, prominent, professional and business men.
Publisher: [Rochester, N.Y. : John P. Smith Print. House, 1893?]
Edition/Format: Book : English : [Illustrated ed.

3 March 1894, Lowell (MA) Daily Sun, pg.2, col. 6:
Popular Names of Cities.
(...)
Rochester, Flour City;

14 August 1907, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), "Nicknames of Cities," pg. 11, col. 6:
Minneapolis, one of the twin cities of Minnesota, is known for the products of its flouring mills and lumber factories as the City of Flour and the Sawdust City. Another city which is known as the Flour City is Rochester, a title given when the great wheat-growing region of this country was in this State and the waters of the Genesee river ran the mills for grinding the grain.

OCLC WorldCat record
From flour city to flower city : Rochester's 19th century transition period
Author: William Aeberli
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1977.
Edition/Format: Book : English
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