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Victoria

City of Victoria

Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Looking east on MN 5 into Victoria
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 9.79 square miles (25.36 km2), of which 8.01 square miles (20.75 km2) is land and 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is water.

State Highways 5 and 7 are two of Victoria’s main routes.

Victoria has been nicknamed “The City of Lakes and Parks” because it has over 200 acres (0.81 km2) of reserved land, 13 parks and nine lakes within its borders. Victoria is also home to the 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) Carver Park Reserve.

In the 1850s, Victoria’s rich soil attracted many farmers from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

History
Michael Diethelm is believed to be the first settler in Victoria after setting up a shelter for his wife and two children in 1851 near the present-day St. Victoria Church. The city itself is named after the church, built on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land just north of Lake Bavaria in 1857. A year later, steamboats from St. Paul began bringing in additional supplies for early settlers. The settlement continued to grow as the rich soil attracted farmers. Also in 1858, the Laketown Moravian Brethren’s Church was established and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Eventually the steamboats to Chaska and the St. Paul railroad helped transform the area into a thriving community.

References:

“Victoria, Minnesota” │ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria,_Minnesota

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