What is your connection to Carver County? Have you lived here for a few years? Has your family lived here for four or five generations? Do you work here? Did your ancestors homestead in the county before moving on?
2005 was the 150th Anniversary of Carver County. To honor that, the Carver County Historical Society created a page on our website full of facts, timelines, images, news pieces and more. Though 2005 has come and gone, this section remains to highlight Carver County's diverse history and amazing facts.
We invite you to strengthen your connection to Carver County by getting to know its interesting heritage. Everyone is welcome!
150 Interesting Things about Carver County History
As we celebrate Carver County's sesquicentennial in 2005, it's an opportunity to look at 150 interesting historic events and happenings that have happened throughout the county during the past 150 years. Read on:
Headlines This Month in Carver County History
What happened this month in Carver County history? Check out headlines from the 1860s until the 1990s. Read on:
Every month we will feature a different object from the collection with size and material information. Feel free to submit your guess and the following month we will identify the object and post some of the submissions we receive.
People have been roaming the land we now call Carver County for more than 10,000 years. This on-line exhibit features some of the objects and stories found in the museum's exhibit Akta Dakota: To Honor the People. Continued: See the exhibit
Until the 1850s, the fur traders were the only European-Americans that most Native Americans in the area knew. The fur trade built relationships between the two cultures which met each group's needs. Continued: See the exhibit
For years, Chaska was nicknamed Sugar City because of the sugar beet processing plant located in the community. Written in conjunction with the Chaska Historical Society, this feature highlights the history of Chaska's sugar industry
Begun as the first highway to connect Minneapolis and Seattle, the Yellowstone Trail followed roads through Carver County. The Yellowstone Trail helped improve the quality of area roads for the early automobile owners. Continued: Read on