C.A. Carlson Livery Stables and Northwestern Scavenger Company, 1910 Minneapolis City Directory
This ad comes for the days when entrepreneurs in Minneapolis could make money gathering sewage and dead animals. These days we look to animal control and our city water department for these needs. For those of us who still have septic systems, it doesn’t look like the technology has changed too much. Mr. Carlson’s wagon sort of resembles the septic tank pumping truck my uncle Gary owned in rural Faribault that I had to the pleasure of riding along in for a few service calls as a child. Still an interesting business in which there will always be customers to serve.
Mr. Carlson was sort of a renaissance man, in addition to pumping out cesspools and retrieving dead animals, he also provided the, “Best of care taken of Horses, Buggies and Carriages left in our charge.”
This ad comes from our Minneapolis City Directory Collection, which starts in the 1859 and goes to 1999. The Suburban Minneapolis Directories start in 1956. We also have directories for other cities such as Edina, Minnetonka, Rochester and Duluth. There are also directories available at Southdale Library in addition to Minneapolis Central. We are in the in early stages of investigating a possible digitzation project for the 19th century city directories.
If you are interested in the development of the sewer system, our three digitized plat maps chart the changes.