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Kearney's sell grocery store, retain variety store 1964January 30, 1964 Dakota County Tribune: Gene and Mary Kearney announce the sale of their grocery store in Savage but will continue to operate the Variety Store.

Gene Kearney was born in Burnsville and has lived in Savage since his marriage. They ran the grocery business 18 years.
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Kearney's sell grocery store, retain variety store 1964January 30, 1964 Dakota County Tribune Gene and Mary Kearney announce the sale of their grocery store in Savage but will continue to operate the Variety Store.

Gene Kearney was born in Burnsville and has lived in Savage since his marriage. They ran the grocery business 18 years.
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Glendale, Hamilton or Savage from Will WilliamsInformation provided March, 2021.

Hamilton? Glendale? Savage?

Within the original Scott County there was Glendale Township and the Village of Hamilton. On the border was Byrnesville, which spelling quickly became Burnsville.

The names of Glendale and Hamilton seemed to be interchanged from time to time.
After Marion Savage built in stables and race track to be the home of Dan Patch, the residents decided to change the town name to Savage.

What follows is additional comments from lifelong resident Will Williams.

The history can be a little confusing. Burnsville never had a Post Office until well into my lifetime. The Glendale township town hall was in downtown Hamilton and it is still there across from the Depot.

The mail for the area all came to Hamilton Landing / Hamilton Station. I don't know if Hamilton was incorporated out of Dakota County or Scott County. If I remember correctly, I think in the 1890's some action was taken by the state legislature setting the eastern boundary of Scott County. The name of the Post Office did briefly change to Glendale. A lot of politics involved. The Glendale town hall became the Savage Bank and eventually the first Savage Library. Here's a little quiz. Where was Riverdale?

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Hamilton is now SavageNovember 26, 1903 Minneapolis Journal ad references Hamilton now being Savage Minnesota.
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New barbershop 1896Hamilton has at last got a new barbershop. It was badly needed. Mr. Diamond of Lakeville is proprietor.
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Hamilton Baseball team 1896May 7, 1896 Shakopee Argus -

Lists the name of the manager Joseph Hass and the team for the baseball team.
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Hamilton becomes Savage The following historical sketch, one in a series about the Village of Savage, was written by Gloria Ray, a first grade teacher in School District 191... and tells the story of Hamilton being renamed Savage, in honor of the owner of the race horse Dan Patch.
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Hamilton Hotel 1897May 5, 1897 Shakopee Argus

Mrs. Annie McDonnell returned to Hamilton Saturday with her family and will open a hotel again in her handsome residence...
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When Savage was Hamilton MinnesotaA map of Hamilton, now Downtown Savage.
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Downtown Hamilton - Savage1898 plat mao of Hamilton, later renamed Savage Minnesota.
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Hamilton - now Savage map1898 map of Hamilton.
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From the book "Minnesota Geographic Names"P. 510 recalls the name change of Hamilton to Savage and a brief history of Marion Savage and Dan Patch.
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Hanson's Ranch 1942Ed and Bud Hanson, Hanson's Ranch.
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New post office, Savage hardware enlarged 1963September 26, 1963 Minnesota Valley Review reports: Savage post office will move to new quarters in the Valley Shopping Center and the next day a new contract station of the Savage Post Office will open in the Jet Plaza Pharmacy in Burnsville.

Also, Bloomquist Hardware in Savage has moved to a new location in the Valley Shopping Center. Eventually, they would move to Burnsville.
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Dellinger Hardware a thing of the past 1897September 16, 1897 - Shakopee Argus

Mr. Dellinger's Hardware store is now a thing of the past, part of history in our village...
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Harold Savage with Dan PatchHarold Savage was the son of Marion Savage, owner of Dan Patch.
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Harold Savage Dan Patch parade 1950sHarold Savage, son of Marion Savage who owned Dan Patch, appears in one of the annual Dan Patch parades.
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Savage Library Heritage Room 2017The Heritage Room at the Savage Branch of the Scott County Library System was established as a joint partnership between the library system, the City of Savage and the Dan Patch Historical Society in 1997. When the city was planning to build a new public library the mayor and city council wanted a space included to promote the rich history of the city.

The historical aspects of the building include a display room at the entrance with a sulky, a Dan Patch wagon, and items from the International Stock Food Farm. In the Heritage Room located in the interior of the room are two display cases containing such items as the M.W. Savage catalog, buttons from all of the Dan Patch Days, M.W. Savage stationary, horseshoes, Dan Patch collector whiskey bottle, tobacco tin, items from Cargill, Camp Savage and other collectibles.
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Savage Library Heritage Room 2017The Heritage Room at the Savage Branch of the Scott County Library System was established as a joint partnership between the library system, the City of Savage and the Dan Patch Historical Society in 1997. When the city was planning to build a new public library the mayor and city council wanted a space included to promote the rich history of the city.

The historical aspects of the building include a display room at the entrance with a sulky, a Dan Patch wagon, and items from the International Stock Food Farm. In the Heritage Room located in the interior of the room are two display cases containing such items as the M.W. Savage catalog, buttons from all of the Dan Patch Days, M.W. Savage stationary, horseshoes, Dan Patch collector whiskey bottle, tobacco tin, items from Cargill, Camp Savage and other collectibles.
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Savage Library Heritage Room 2017The Heritage Room at the Savage Branch of the Scott County Library System was established as a joint partnership between the library system, the City of Savage and the Dan Patch Historical Society in 1997. When the city was planning to build a new public library the mayor and city council wanted a space included to promote the rich history of the city.

The historical aspects of the building include a display room at the entrance with a sulky, a Dan Patch wagon, and items from the International Stock Food Farm. In the Heritage Room located in the interior of the room are two display cases containing such items as the M.W. Savage catalog, buttons from all of the Dan Patch Days, M.W. Savage stationary, horseshoes, Dan Patch collector whiskey bottle, tobacco tin, items from Cargill, Camp Savage and other collectibles.
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He said go and Dan Patch wentNovember 22, 1967 Minneapolis Star tells the story of J. K. Christy who was the starting judge the day (Sept 8, 1906) Dan Patch set the world record at the State Fair Grounds.
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Hidden Valley ParkThe 2018 Savage Parks and Recreation calendar includes this photo of Hidden Valley Park by Liz Neemers.
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Hidden Valley ParkThe 2018 Savage Parks and Recreation calendar includes this photo of Hidden Valley Park by Liz Neemers.
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Hidden Valley Park 2015Hidden Valley Park located 5000 132nd Street. Photo compliments of the City of Savage. This 45-acre community park is unique because of its natural aesthetics and ornamental qualities. The Credit River runs through the park and offers excellent opportunities for gatherings, walking, and picnicking. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Amenities:

Archery Range
Baseball/Softball Field
Grill
Picnic Shelter
Playground
Sand Volleyball
Walking Trail
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Hidden Valley Park 2015Hidden Valley Park located 5000 132nd Street. Photo compliments of the City of Savage. This 45-acre community park is unique because of its natural aesthetics and ornamental qualities. The Credit River runs through the park and offers excellent opportunities for gatherings, walking, and picnicking. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Amenities:

Archery Range
Baseball/Softball Field
Grill
Picnic Shelter
Playground
Sand Volleyball
Walking Trail
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Highlights from Lakeville History - map and sketches This historical map was created by the Lakeville Area Historical Society in cooperation with the Dakota County Historical Society.
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The History of Dan Patch by Nancy Huddleston(CLICK TO OPEN) This article appeared in TROT Magazine. Nancy is a Burnsville/Savage area resident and writer.
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A history of SavageOctober 2011, the Savage Resident's Guide includes a brief history of Hamilton, Glendale and Savage.
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History of the Name of SavageThe City of Savage was called Hamilton for 47 years before changing the name in 1904 in honor of Marion Savage owner of Dan Patch.
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History of Savage 1904 - 2004This plaque explains how the town of Hamilton becomes Savage, being named after Marion Savage, owner of the race horse Dan Patch.
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