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Plat map, Benton Township, Carver County Minnesota, 1880
Plat map, Benton Township, Carver County Minnesota, 1880
Courtesy Carver County Historical Society - click image to enlarge


John Nayd residence, Cologne Minnesota, 1890
John Nayd residence, Cologne Minnesota, 1890
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Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 1907
Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 1907
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Main Street looking south, Cologne Minnesota, 1908
Main Street looking south, Cologne Minnesota, 1908
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Depot in Cologne Minnesota, 1910
Depot in Cologne Minnesota, 1910
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Steam Railroads of Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota Steam Railroads of
Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota
Steam railroading became an integral part of the communities in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota in the late 1800s. The railroad provided hundreds of jobs and the ability to transport both goods and passengers across the Midwest. The Chicago & North Western Railway, the Chicago Great Western Railroad, the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad, and the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (called the Milwaukee Road by employees) served five principal gateways, which included Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska; and Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. Operating steam engines required tremendous manpower, and by the 1920s, some steam passenger trains were replaced by more efficient motor cars, fueled by oil-powered engines. Steam engines could no longer compete with the reduced operating costs, smaller crew requirements, and time savings provided by diesel, which ultimately led to the fall of steam in 1955.
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St. Bernard Church and Parsonage, Cologne Minnesota, 1910's
St. Bernard Church and Parsonage, Cologne Minnesota, 1910s
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Catholic School, Cologne Minnesota, 1910's
Catholic School, Cologne Minnesota, 1910s
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Carver County ( Images of America ) Carver County ( Images of America )
Located just southwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Carver County was established by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature in 1855. The Minnesota and the South Fork of the Crow Rivers flow through this Big Woods county of Minnesota. Named after explorer Capt. Jonathan Carver and built on a predominantly agrarian culture, it boasts one of the richest farmlands in the state. Arrival of the railroads resulted in prosperous new industries and businesses and made it a popular resort destination. In the 1890s, the abundance of dairy farms and creameries earned it the nickname, the Golden Buckle of the Dairy Belt. Many local farmers such as Andrew Peterson, Wendelin Grimm, and Henry Lyman became nationally recognized for their horticultural contributions and achievements. Hundreds of vintage photographs and postcards that depict everyday life in Carver County through the 1950s were collected and researched. This work is a tribute to the citizens of Carver County, whose pride in their rich history inspired this book."
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Plat map, Benton Township, Carver County, Minnesota, 1916
Plat map, Benton Township, Carver County, Minnesota, 1916
Courtesy University of Minnesota John R. Borchert Map Library - click image to enlarge


Main Street looking south, Cologne Minnesota, 1920's
Main Street looking south, Cologne Minnesota, 1920s
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Aerial photo, Cologne Minnesota, 1937
Aerial photo, Cologne Minnesota, 1937
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Aerial photo, Cologne Minnesota, 1951
Aerial photo, Cologne Minnesota, 1951
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Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 1953
Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 1953
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Fire department engines, Cologne Minnesota, 1953
Fire department engines, Cologne Minnesota, 1953
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Highway 212 near Cologne, Carver County Minnesota, 1955
Highway 212 near Cologne, Carver County Minnesota, 1955
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Zion Lutheran Church, Cologne Minnesota, 1960's
Zion Lutheran Church, Cologne Minnesota, 1960s
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Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 2002
Street scene, Cologne Minnesota, 2002
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View of the main street in Cologne Minnesota, 2002
View of the main street in Cologne Minnesota, 2002
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