The town grew up in the mid 1800s around brick manufacturing. While most towns of this era were built of timber from the Big Woods of Minnesota, Chaska was built of the local yellow brick. That's probably why so many of the buildings are standing today -- they didn't succumb to fires. The Herald newspaper building above was built in 1871.
This 1902 beauty, on the square around the central park, is for sale. Only $400,000 and the inside is as elegant as the outside.
Moravian settlers built several churches in the area, beginning in 1858. This one faces City Square Park.
One of the brick manufacturers built row houses for his workers and their families. Row houses are commonly found in big cities. These are unusual because they were built in a very small and rural town.
Chaska had several flour mills, most water powered, but this one, built in 1900, was steam-powered. Today it has been converted to a restaurant, shops, and a sports bar.
Sadly, many of the historic buildings are empty of tenants. This sign looks out on the empty street from a block of closed businesses.
The lack of a map and the treacherous walking conditions (snow had not been plowed but left to pack down, melt, and refreeze into ice) meant that I missed interesting buildings. Maybe I'll have to go back someday.