Broadway in the late 1880s. Early on Carver looked like a Wild West town on the frontier, and indeed it once was from the 1850s to the 1880s. Many buildings featured boomtown style false fronts, giving them a larger commercial look. Store fronts were below, with owner’s quarters often above, and second-story verandas much in vogue. Broadway was platted to be wide enough to accommodate traffic to and from steamboats and barges at the Carver Levee on the Minnesota River, and for a wagon and team of four horses to negotiate a U-turn.
The Carver County Fair Parade of Sept. 30, 1911. Parades on Broadway have been a mainstay for many decades, whether for the 4th of July, the 65 years of Carver County Fairs in Riverside Park, or Steamboat Days. The stage at left was stored at the Carver Levee and rolled up to the Third Street intersection for weekly summer concerts and special events.