Carver County Library System

Libraries have been a part of Carver County history since the county was started. The earliest library began in 1858, and many more followed. In the twenty-first century, there are five full libraries and three express library branches. Total circulation is over one million books per year and rising.

lithograph of the prison facilities and grounds at Stillwater

The State Prison of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minnesota

State Prison of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph depicting the home of Lorenzo Allis in St. Paul

Residence of Lorenzo Allis, Esq., St. Paul, Minnesota

Residence of Lorenzo Allis, Esq., St. Paul, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph of school and schoolchildren playing outside

Saint Croix Valley Academy, Afton, Minnesota

St. Croix Valley Academy, Afton from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph showing a bird's eye view of Glenwood and Lake Whipple

Glenwood and Lake Whipple, Pope County, Minnesota

Glenwood and Lake Whipple, Pope County, Minnesota from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874

Manannah Mills, Hines and Butler, Props., Manannah, Meeker Co., Minnesota

Manannah Mills, Manannah, Meeker Co., Minn. from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota,1874.

lithograph showing farm, houses, and rolling fields

Residence of John M. Bayard, section 26, Mount Pleasant Township, Wabasha County

Residence of John M. Bayard, section 26, Mount Pleasant Township, Wabasha County from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1874.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

View of Minneapolis from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1874.

An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1874

When Alfred T. Andreas chose Minnesota as the subject for his new atlas, the state was only fifteen years old. Andreas's publication of An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota changed the way state atlases were written, illustrated, and distributed. The atlas also put the social and cultural landscape of early Minnesota literally on the map.

Hotel Luksenborg

Hotel Luksenborg 309 Oak Street, Carver, Minnesota. Built in 1852.

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