Black and white photograph of skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis, 1969.

Skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis

Skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis, 1969.

Black and white photograph of he opening of the first Minneapolis skyway, connecting the Northstar Center and the Northwestern National Bank; Leslie Park is at left, 1962.

Opening of first skyway (connecting the Northstar Center and Northwestern National Bank); Leslie Park at left, Minneapolis

The opening of the first Minneapolis skyway, connecting the Northstar Center and the Northwestern National Bank; Leslie Park is at left, 1962.

Black and white photograph of Leslie Park, c.1955.

Leslie C. Park

Leslie Park, c.1955.

The Minneapolis Skyways

In 1962, a local real estate developer named Leslie Park and architect Ed Baker built a covered walkway over Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Park's structure would later be known as a skyway. It was the first link in a system that later spread throughout much of the city's downtown.

Color photograph of Chaska History Center (Brinkhaus Livery Stable).

Chaska History Center (Brinkhaus Livery Stable)

View of the Chaska History Center, housed in the historic Brinkhaus Livery Stable, c.2011.

Historical Societies of Carver County

Carver County's history is documented in the records of its cities, city agencies, and government center. Schools, school districts, churches, and civic groups have archives as well. Four historical societies call Carver County home. These are the Chanhassen Historical Society, the Chaska Historical Society, the Watertown Area Historical Society, and the Willkommen Heritage and Preservation Society of Norwood Young America.

Black and white image of an artist's rendering of Jonathan Village, late 1960s or early 1970s.

"Jonathan Village"

An artist's rendering of Jonathan Village, late 1960s or early 1970s.

The Planned Community of Jonathan

The 1960s and 1970s were a time of rapid suburban growth. City planners in these decades were frustrated with the growing problems of pollution, traffic, and creating new neighborhoods as cities spread. One solution to this idea was the "new town" movement. Designed as planned communities, these "towns" tried to organize the design and growth of the town in advance to better deal with urban sprawl. The community of Jonathan, located within the existing city of Chaska, was built along these concepts.

Black and white photograph of monument to millers killed in the Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878, Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Millers' Monument (millers killed in Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878), Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis

Monument to millers killed in the Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878, Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.

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