photograph of an 1870s hardware store in Carver, Minnesota

Hebeisen Hardware, c.1870

109 Third Street East, Carver, Minnesota

Photograph of a 1925 Mobile gas station in Carver Minnesota

1925 Mobile Gas Station

200 Broadway, Carver, Minnesota

Contemporary photograph of an 1856 structure in Carver Minnesota

1856 Gables

201 Fourth Street East, Carver, Minnesota

Carver Historic District

The city of Carver has a long and rich history as one of the earliest communities in Carver County. Located on the Minnesota River, it was often the first place immigrants to Carver County visited. From there, they spread out to other towns and farms.

1878 Photograph showing the Helvetia General Store as well as members of the owner's family and other community members

Helvetia General Store

Helvetia General Store, operated by Reinhold Zeglin. Photo shows Zeglin family and various community members, taken about 1878.

a map graphic indicating the locations of ghost towns, as well as existing towns, within the boundaries of Carver County

Carver County Ghost Towns map

Carver County Ghost Towns map

Ghost Towns of Carver County

Ghost towns convey a certain image, thanks to popular culture. Despite this portrayal, ghost towns are simply former towns, places settled and then abandoned for a variety of reasons. Every state in the United States has them and they are part of the history of a region, including Carver County.

Sean Kershaw

Sean Kershaw

Sean Kershaw is the current Citizens League executive director and has held the office since 2003

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie, Citizens League executive director from 1967 to 1980

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota and a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute, left, joins host Steve Seel of The Current and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, at a Policy and a Pint session Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis to talk about student debt.

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