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City of SavageAn unidentified Savage Public Works employee. Photo compliments City of Savage.
Savage State Bank1967 - Savage State Bank adds drive-up service.
Garvey Store, once Berrisford Store.Close up of Garvey's store, once the Berrisford Store. Ed Garvey, George Coakley & Charlie Kline was taken c. 1906.
City of Savage logo 2019The City of Savage logo includes Dan Patch.
The Coakley's married 50 yearsA 1974 profile of the Coakley family of Savage on their 50th wedding anniversary. From the scrapbook of Marian Bohn.
George Coakely aqnd Savage baseballGeorge Coakely and Savage baseball is profiled in this June 2020 City of Savage newsletter.
Colonial BakeryBy the 1960s a bakery and dairy store was added to downtown Savage.
LakevilleWelcome to Lakeville. A neighboring town to Burnsville. It offered the stores and bars that Burnsville did not have, along with a railroad depot. Also, some of the Burnsville "students" living in the Orchard Gardens area attended Lakeville High School, since Burnsville had no schooling beyond 8th grade. (From Lakeville Historical Society).
Why is the town and school named Savage?October 15, 1997 MInneapolis Star Tribune columnist James Lilek's responds to a reader who corrects him on the meaning of the name "Savage" for the town and school.
Stage Coach Another view of the Stage Coach between Savage and Shakopee, circa 1960s.
Welcome to Savage design 2020A concept design by Bolton & Menk for signage and landscaping work to be done on the northwest corner of the County Road 42 and 27 intersection.

Sept. 10. 2020 Savage Pacer:

Plans to beautify the County Road 42 and Dakota Avenue intersection were halted this week due to the project’s price tag.

The project marked the next step in a years-long discussion about how to beautify the city and distinguish it from neighboring communities. On Tuesday, the Savage City Council rejected bids for the project and authorized the re-advertisement of bids at a later date.

Last fall, the city hired Bolton & Menk to design city signage and landscaping concepts for the northwest corner of the intersection. In February, the council chose a design for the intersection meant to reflect the city’s “naturally resourceful” tagline with natural grasses, boulders and a berm with changing elevation.

Natural prairie grasses currently grow on the site, but “many residents do not understand this and complain about the unkept appearance,” according to city documents.

City officials approved plans and specs for the beautification project in July and opened for bids in August. Only two bids were received, and the lowest offer landed around 20% higher than the engineer’s estimate.

Blackstone Contractors LLC’s bid landed at approximately $320,000 and Derau’s landed at approximately $454,000.

The engineer’s estimate sat around $267,000.

City Engineer Seng Thongvanh said there’s just not an appetite for this type of work. Contractors are busy, he said, and they’re usually looking to complete — rather than start — projects this time of year.

Thongvanh said he hopes a better bid price will come next spring with hopes of completing construction in 2021.
The O'Brien farm in SavageFrom Will Williams:

I am quite sure the photo is of the O'Brien farm in Savage. It makes sense it would be in Betty Sodomka's photos since her mother was an O'Brien. My Dad would always take us to pick wild plums along their driveway which entered from highway 13-now CSAH 27.

I also hunted ducks back towards Mccolls Lake which their land abutted about where the ELC is now. The three O'Brien boys were quite an interesting trio. Frenchie, Ed ,and Tom.
Connie's StandardConnie's Standard, Highway 13 Savage, Dan Patch Days ad 1963.
Peter Lalonde - constable 1899May 25, 1899 Shakopee Argus

Peter Lalonde, our village constable for three years, deemed it necessary to quit active service owing to a severe pain in his back.
Downtown SavageThis Donut shop was located across the street from the Dan Patch Lounge and next to the former bank, then the library. It was operated by Rod Hopp one time mayor of Savage.
The route of the Dan Patch LineThe cover page of the Dan Patch Electric Railroad informational brochure 1908 showing the route with stops in Savage, Orchard Gardens and Lakeville...
Savage Library - Heritage Artwork Within the Savage Library is the Heritage Room established as a joint partnership between the library system, the City of Savage and the Dan Patch Historical Society in 1997. Throughout the building you will find art depicting Dan Patch, Savage and Scott County History. Shown is a wooden recreation of Credit River.
Credit River flows through SavageCredit River is located in the southwestern metropolitan area. It begins in New Market Township and flows through lakes and wetlands, and Murphy-Hanrehan Regional Park before entering into the Minnesota River near the city of Savage.
Bridge over the River Credit 1992July 14, 1992 This Week News reports on the ribboning cutting of the new Credit River Bridge just west of Burnsville linking Hanrehan Lake Blvd and Ottawa Avenue.
Credit River 1898The platt map for Credit River 1898 which borders Burnsville and Savage, then named Hamilton.
How Credit River ( and the township) got its nameThe Savage Review editor Del Stelling, in September 1989, re-tells the legend of how Credit River and the township received its name from a priest.

Also in this issue he reports that the Review starts sixth year of publication." As noted in the first issue, the purpose of this publication is to provide greater news coverage of the more important events of the community and we believe this has been accomplished." The Review was published monthly in a newsletter format.
Mary McCann with living childrenIrish Immigrant Mary McAndrews married John McCann and lived the majority of her life at the McCann farm in Glendale/Savage. On her birthday she is with children: Margaret Dempsey, Rose Kennelly, Dennis, Bridget Connelly, John, Mary Regan and Ann Gallagher. Those who had died were: Patrick and Catherine Brennan. Daughters Rose, Bridget and Ann married and lived in Burnsville.
Plat Map Savage1970s Plat map of Savage.
Assembling ties at Savage 1908.In the photo, one building remains in 2020 - the Razors Edge Barbershop, then the Garvey Store (originally owned by John Berrisford). Also shown is the steeple of the 1902 St. John the Baptist Church.

Source: Dan Patch Electric Railroad informational booklet - 1908.

Assembling ties at Savage, Minnesota. Back of this scene is the town of Savage; named after President Savage. The picture shown here shows that we have begun to put the finishing touches on the first section. The picture shows that we are assembling ties along the route preparatory to the laying of the rails.
Double track Steel Draw Bridge - Savage Minnesota 1908The $50,000.00 double track steel draw bridge on the Dan Patch Electric Railroad crossing the Minnesota River at Savage. This photo was taken shortly after the bridge was completed and during the highest stage of the recent waters of the Minnesota River. The bridge has been in operation for steamboats for several months. Source: Dan Patch Electric Railroad informational brochure 1908.
Dan Patch Electric Line bridgeJanuary 30, 1910 Minneapolis Tribune - The double track, steel, swing bridge over the Minnesota River...
The curious town of Savage 1911June 5, 1911 Minneapolis Star Tribune featues the towns of Savage and Shakopee...
Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageLynnhurst Dairy farm, Savage had its start at the O'Regan farm in Burnsville.
Dances in the new hall in Hamilton 1898January 6, 1898 Shakopee Argus

John Marshal is out with posters announcing a dance Friday evening, January 21, in the New Hall at Hamilton...
Dan Patch Line arrives at Antlers ParkThe Dan Patch line had a stop at Antler's Park, Lakeville .Antlers Park was a 40 acre amusement park located on Lake Marion in Lakeville, Minnesota. Colonel Marion Savage built Antlers Park to attract passengers to the Dan Patch Railroad.

In order to attract a multitude of passengers [to his Dan Patch Railroad, Marion] Savage put Antler’s Park on the map [named in allusion to the former abundance of deer in this region]. It was located on the southeast shore of Prairie Lake [renamed Lake Marion in honor of Savage], and contained summer homes and facilities for picnics, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and dancing. The excursion trains to Antler’s Park were always very crowded. Those who remember riding these crowded trains remember the good times both on the ride and in the park.
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