Rochester is an unincorporated Town in the west-central portion of the state of Washington. It is about mid-way between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR and is only four miles west of Interstate 5 on State route 12. Rochester, Washington was founded in 1852 and was named after Rochester, Michigan. The first market was opened by Robert Paton in 1889. He also opened the first lumber mill in the early 1880s, which continued to operate for over 50 years. Robert Hunt also helped promote Rochester's growth with the addition of the Northern Pacific Railroad, which connected the community with Grays Harbor. After the lumber industry died down, Rochester became a large producer of strawberries. Rochester today is a small bedroom community, with many residents commuting to work in surrounding communities including Olympia and Chehalis. 







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There is an abundance of things to do in the area, each place being unique. Whether you are new to the area or just looking for something new to do, we have compiled a list of resources, to give you a taste for the area. Click on the Blue Links below to learn more!



Rochester School District 
(2 Elementary, 1 Middle School, 1High School, 1 Alternative School) 

Thurston County 
West Thurston Fire Authority 
Thurston County Sheriff 
Grand Mound- Rochester Chamber of Commerce 
Thurston Economic Development Council 



Airport Golf and Batting Center

Borst Park 

Boston Harbor Marina 

Gate City School House 

Grand Mound Driving Range 

Grand Mound- Rochester Horizons 

Great Wolf Lodge 
Helsing Junction Farms 


Local Strawberries 

Lucky Eagle Casino
Millersylvania State Park 

Nisqually Red Wind Casino 
Rising River Farm 
Riverside Golf Club 
Rochester Bulletin Board 

Rochester City Newspaper 
Rochester Community Library 
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area 
Scatter Creek Winery 
Schaeffer County Park 
Visit Thurston County
Wolf Haven Rochester-Grand Mound Farmers Market 

Employers in the Area

Capital Medical Center 
Great Wolf Lodge 
Fred Meyer 

Kaiser Permanente
Lucky Eagle Casino 
Panaroma City 
Providence St Peter Hospital 
Rochester Lumber 
Rochester School District 
St Martins University 
State of Washington 
Thurston County Employment 
Washington State Employees Credit Union