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Plaque outside Savage Railroad DepotThis plaque tells the story of the Depot and Dan Patch, placed near the historic Railroad Depot.
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Savage City Hall and Fire StationA 1975 newspaper clipping from the Minnesota Valley Review shows the Savage Fire Station and City Hall.
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Savage Post Office 1942
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A history lesson on shopping options in Savage 2017Savage Mayor Janet Williams recalls the history of shopping options in Savage and Burnsville including - the Berrisford Store, the Garvey Store, Kearney's grocery, Jim Brady Drug, Bloomquist Hardware, Walsh's in Bloomington and the most recent Hy-Vee.
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The Savage swing bridgeEarly access to Bloomington from Savage.
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Downtown Savage was once HamiltonOur site has perhaps the oldest photo we have of Downtown Savage, then Hamilton Minnesota. The former Berrisford Store was moved to Hamilton after the 1902 fire at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, then in Burnsville, places that photo around 1903. This Google Map aerial shows the site today. The Berrisford Store is now the Razors Edge Barbershop.
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Centennial celebrationThe Village of Savage plans to celebrate its 100th Anniversary (originally Hamilton).
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Savage City Government 2015Janet Williams - Mayor
Al McColl, Jane Victory, Gene Abbott, Christine Kelly - Council
Barry Stock -City Administrator
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Savage Government 2016Janet Williams, Mayor -
Gene Aggott, Christine Kelly, Matt Johnson, Jane Victory - Council
Barry Stock - City Administrator
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Historic photos of Savage displayedJune 2019 the City of Savage created this photo display for its city hall lobby.
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City of Savage - a great little city - 2020The 2020 version of the City of Savage informational brochure, including a history of the city.
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Downtown SavageRandom photo of Downtown Savage, the 1902 St. John the Baptist Church can be viewed from this location.
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Savage American Legion Savage American Legion 2019.
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Savage Glendale merger advocated 1964April 7, 1964 MInneapolis Star Tribune:

The Village of Savage is just ideal now says its mayor Merrill Madsen, and if it were combined with adjacent Glendqale Township, it could be a model community...
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Scott County and Savage Minnesota signWelcome to Scott County, entering Savage. January 2, 1999 Savage Pacer photo.
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Savage a Village with a past and a future 1959Minnesota Valley Review - December 31, 1959 tells the story of Savage and Dan Patch.
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Welcome to Savage, a vital, growing communitySponsored by the Chamber of Commerce this brochure includes:
Once described as an industrial giant of the Minnesota Valley, Savage Minnesota today is now developing into one of the most rapidly growing communities in the 7 county Twin Cities Metropolitan area...The brochure features - Location, Major Industry, Housing Development, Recreational Facilities, Educational Facilities, Public Utilities and Community Services information.
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Savage Ball team 1912The Savage Pacers 1912 -
Front row - George Allen, Speck MaCarr, George Coakley
Second Row Bill Lannon, Mike Kennedy, Mike Zeller, Ray Coakley, Tom Fahey
Back Row - Unknown first name Kornerder, George Kline, Ed Hanson and Tom Duffy.
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Savage State Bank 1960sThe present address of the building is 3809 West 123rd Street, Savage. After moving to a new location, the building became the Savage (Scott County) library and in 2017 is the F1 - Bicycle Garage.
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Savage Bank ad 1970 Anniversary promotion for the bank serving Savage and Burnsville.
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Savage State Bank 1960sDuring the 1960s a new building was constructed for the Savage Bank.
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Savage Bank reopens 1960In 1960, Burnsville was yet to have a bank of it's own. Most Banking needs were met in Rosemount, Lakeville, Prior Lake or Bloomington. The original Savage bank closed during the depression.

According to the Minnesota Valley Review article, August 25, 1960 - After nearly a year of effort, the dream of many Savage residents will come true when the new Savage bank opens for business at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. The bank will commence business in the building that housed the former Savage bank, which closed during the depression. The bank will construct a new building as soon as the business outgrows the present space.
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Two daring bank robberies add a page to local historyFrom the Marian Bohn Scrapbook 1978-1979: Savage bank robberies remembered in 1922.
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Ted Crofoot One of the barbers in Savage, 1962 was Ted Crofoot, Dakota County Tribune photo.
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Another barbershopAlthough a small town, Savage had two barbershop, this and the Razors Edge owned by Jens Bohn.
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Savage Baseball teamBack in 1912 the Savage Pacers took time out from a busy town team schedule to pose for this picture. Team members included (front row left to right) George Allen, Speck MaCarr, George Coakley (Second row left to right) Bill Lannon, Mike Kennedy, Mike Zeller, Ray Coakley, Tom Fahey (Back row left to right) first name not known Kornerder, George Kline, Ed Hanson and Tom Duffy.
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Savage historic blanketThe Savage historic blanket is displayed in the City Council chambers.
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Images of America, Savage MinnesotaPublished 2012 by Nancy Huddleston. The book is dedicated to all the residents of Savage, in particular those who have kept the history of the city alive throughout the years. Consisting mostly of photos, chapters included:

1 - Hamilton, Glendale, Savage
2 - Mr. Savage Comes to Hamilton
3 - The Great Dan Patch
4 - Heroes at Home - Savage during World War II
5 - Community Builders
6 - Pastimes and celebrations
7 - School Days
8 - Flood of 1965
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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 the Savage bridge into Bloomington.
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Savage BridgeIn Savage when the Minnesota River flooded at record levels, people who wanted to get over the river used the old swing bridge that ran from Bloomington to Savage. Here, Robert and Jane Roberts stand in front of the bridge on the Bloomington side of the river. In the background the damage done by flood waters can be seen as the waters pushed the road bed right off the bridge. The Roberts family founded Anchor Iron, which still operates in Savage, and now also includes Eagle Creek Gallery - 1965
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