The historic City of Carver was established during the land boom of the 1850’s with widespread speculation along key river locations. Carver presented a very navigable section of the Minnesota River, as well as the smaller tributaries of Carver and Spring Creeks. This ideal location became a transfer location for cargo by Steamboat with a barge terminal in place. The town of Carver was platted in 1857 and the seven speculators began dividing lots up among themselves to sell.
At that time, Carver already had 35 buildings and the school district was established as Minnesota School District #1. Growth was spurred on by the operation of the steamboat "The Antelope” making daily round trips between Carver and St. Paul, a one-way river run of 32 miles. The US government opened up the land for agricultural purposes for settlers to farm at a $1.25 an acre and provide the area with the food necessary to survive.
In 1858, the area experienced a small gold rush and by 1960 immigrants from Sweden and Germany supplanted earlier settlers from the east coast that had left the area of panic the frontier was going to collapse. There was a steady decline from 1862 and beyond with the Dakota War as well as the City of Minneapolis being fully established and the St. Louis Railway constructed in 1871.
This town represents the very fabric and essence of our earliest "new beginnings” and illustrates what makes the United States so great. The Historic City of Carver is steadily growing and trying to do its best to control development to protect the town’s authentic existence and rural experience. Living around Carver allows a family to enjoy large acreage lots, less governmental and association controls and a daily remembrance of our earliest existence in the frontier.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,724 people, 1,182 households, and 984 families residing in the city. The population density was 931.0 inhabitants per square mile (359.5/km2). There were 1,236 housing units at an average density of 309.0 per square mile (119.3/km2).
There were 1,182 households of which 55.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.9% were married couples living together.
It’s a great place to grow up!