Carver County Fall 2019

We’re starting to get some fall color here in Carver County.  Due to the wet spring there are still a lot of soybeans that are a ways out and there is corn that looks much further along.  Lots of variation this year in different parts of the state and from field to field.

Rural landscape with rolling hills of soybeans and a slough bottom show promise of a good harvest and good hunting.

Rural landscape Carver County 2019

Carver county farm with twin silos cornfield foreground

Twin silos on farm in Carver County 2019

Hilltop View Carver County. County Road and soybean fields and rolling hills studded with trees can be seen.

Hilltop View Carver County 2019

Twin Harvestore silos in the backdrop of a corn field. The corn in the foreground looks like a bountiful harvest may indeed fill the silos

Corn getting ready for harvest, Carver County 2019

Heron Lake MN

A small town in Jackson County

Heron Lake is a city in Jackson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 698 at the 2010 census. Heron Lake was named in 1870 after a local lake where great blue herons were seen.

Grocery Store

Grocery Store

Heron Lake has a few former gas stations, but this one is still in business.

Heron Lake has a few former gas stations, but this one is still in business.

A gas station that is no longer in business

A gas station that is no longer in business

A mural depicting community foundations with it's current foundation of an agricultural economy in the background

A mural depicting community foundations with it’s current foundation of an agricultural economy in the background

New Vision COOP

New Vision COOP

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

More images that show the underpinnings of the agricultural economy. The last being a corn alcohol processing plant.

More images that show the underpinnings of the agricultural economy. The last being a corn alcohol processing plant.

American Legion

Heron Lake is a strongly Catholic community as the next photos depict.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

A very beautiful and unique cemetery.

Local Newspaper

Hotel Whiskey, Open

Hotel Whiskey – Closed

From what I’ve read online there was some drama involved and not everyone was sad to see it go by any means. Maybe it was the type of place my grandfather said didn’t need a front door, but could use two back doors. His meaning was that customers would want to go there, but wouldn’t want to be seen going there.

I have read that this is currently a custom cake shop. I will need to confirm that and will post a followup with new photos.

Delft MN Farmers Elevator

The entry in Wikipedia talks of the elevator burning.   That was the first elevator.  This second elevator in the photos burned in the mid 1970’s.   It was due to be rebuilt, but funding problems arose.

The village of Delft was established as a railroad station in 1892. Ten years later, on June 18, 1902, the village was officially platted by the Inter-State Land Company.[2][4] The community was named after the city of Delft, in the Netherlands, previous to which it was called Wilhelmine.[4][5]

Delft was a station on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad, which ran through the southwestern part of the township, en route from Jeffers to Bingham Lake. Shortly after the original elevator was built, the village had its first fire which burned the Farmers Elevator Company, its coal sheds, and the railroad company’s stockyards – all of which were rebuilt immediately after. At one time, there was also a general store, hardware store, a general farm implement sales business,[2] as well as a creamery.[6]

Established in a predominantly Mennonite area, by the 1950s approximately 400 members of Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonite churches resided within a 5-mile radius of the little community’s two Mennonite churches. The Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, founded in 1875 and closed in 2005, and the now independent (as of ca. 2002) Immanuel Mennonite Church, originally established in 1940.[7][8]

A post office began operation in Delft in 1903. It was closed in 1993.[9]

Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delft,_Minnesota

Delft COOP Elevator

 

Delft COOP Elevator

It’s Got Nice Bones

Farmhouse Rural Cottonwood County

Farmhouse Rural Cottonwood County

I’ve taken a few photos of this house and really like the style of it.  I think it could have been quite nice in it’s day.  In fact it could look stunning redone with cedar shake shingles and a new exterior and paint.  I’m sure it’s been open to the elements so long though that there is no point.  It would need a complete rebuild.

Westbrook Farmers Elevator

Westbrook Farmers Elevator

Westbrook Farmer’s Elevator October 2011

A going concern since the late 1800’s or early 1900’s it finally succumbed to the times and closed it’s doors in the early part of the 21st century.  Over the years I think a couple of primary reasons for closing the doors were the loss of the railroad that ran beside the elevator and the availability of semi trucks to easily haul the grain a little further to a an elevator that was thriving – which usually meant one situated next to a rail line.

I’m not sure how many we’re employed here when it was thriving, but regardless, any job loss in a small town is felt.  Westbrook Farmer’s Elevator, you will be missed.