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Carver County History
Minnesota was organized as a territory
in 1849. After the Indian Treaties at Traverse des
Souix and Mendota in the summer of 1851, the first
Carver Co. permanent settlement of whites was
formed. Thomas A. Holmes planned and laid out the
town of Chaska. Late in the fall of 1851, he sold
his claim, the townsite of "Shaska", to David L.
Two years later, David sold his interest
to his brothers George and Albert Fuller. In June
1854 the town was surveyed and platted. The plat
was filed in Hennepin County on September 6, 1854.
On February 20, 1855, Carver County and 23 other
counties were formed as new counties of Minnesota.
The original county seat was San Francisco, but a
general election vote on October 14, 1856 changed
the county seat to Chaska. 525 votes were cast with
303 being for Chaska. The first newspaper was the
MN Thalbote (or, in English, MN Valley Messenger)
established in June, 1857 by Fred Orthwein and
Albert Wolff. it's office was moved to St. Paul in
1858. The Carver Co. Democrat was established in
1858 by Luther and William Baxter. The third
newspaper was the Chaska Herald established in 1860
by Charles Warner.