History

Although Savage is considered a Twin Cities Metropolitan suburb, its roots go much deeper than many neighboring communities. The city's history is rich and varied, offering tales about a famous racehorse and its owner, the crash of an airplane flown by a famous pilot, and an industry fueled by the war effort.

How it Began

The Minnesota River and its transportation qualities can be credited with the birth of this community known today as Savage. In 1852, a small trading post was established at the junction of Credit River and the Minnesota River. Shortly afterward, Hamilton Landing was built on the banks of the Minnesota.…

Marion W. Savage & Dan Patch

While Hamilton continued to establish itself as a rail and river town, an entrepreneur by the name of Marion Willis Savage was building an empire across the river. He was the founder and owner of the International Stock Food Factory in Minneapolis, which manufactured and sold animal feed as well…

Dan Patch Retires

Dan Patch retired from racing in 1909, after injuring one of his legs. He continued, however, to make public appearances. Both Dan Patch and M.W. Savage took ill on July 4, 1916. While Mr. Savage was recovering from surgery July 11, he learned his favorite horse had died. Mr. Savage…

Charles Lindbergh Crash

In the summer of 1923, an obscure pilot named Charles Lindbergh was in route from southern Minnesota to see his father campaigning in Shakopee. But as the 21-year-old Lindbergh approached his landing site, he encountered a thunderstorm so severe he was unable to descend. He continued on until engine failure…

World War II Camp Savage

Camp Savage Military Intelligence Service Language School Savage's involvement in shaping the nation's history continued with World War II. In 1942, the city became home to the Military Intelligence Service Language School. The school's purpose was to improve the foreign language skills of Japanese-American soldiers, and to train them in…

Cargill Ship Building

While Nisei soldiers were learning Japanese for intelligence purposes, hundreds of workers were building ships nearby for use in World War II. Ship launched into the Minnesota RiverCargill, Inc. built 22 ships for the U.S. military during WWII. Photo courtesy of Savage Public Library. Cargill Inc. located in Savage in…

Other War Efforts

In addition to ship building and intelligence training, the community made other contributions to World War II. The Savage Tool Company manufactured machine tools and precision gages used entirely for the war. Many of the company's employees resided in Savage. Continental Machines, still in operation in Savage, manufactured precision tools…

The Savage Depot

The Savage Depot, a historical landmark of railroad days gone by, is located on the southern frontage of Highway 13. Important dates regarding the Depot: 1880 | The Savage Depot was originally built by the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company 1970 | The Savage Depot closed after a new depot was…