San Francisco, Minnesota

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This article is about the ghost town. For the present day township named San Francisco, see San Francisco Township, Carver County, Minnesota. For the city in California, see San Francisco.

San Francisco is an abandoned townsite in San Francisco Township[1] in Carver County, Minnesota, United States.


San Francisco was first settled in 1854 and named by the founder, William Foster, after the city in California.[2] It was reportedly the original county seat of Carver County, Minnesota, but lost that status to Chaska a year later.[3] The town lasted about ten years from its founding and had a post office from 1856 until 1858 and again from 1861 until 1862.[2] It still existed as a town in 1870, as there is a U.S. federal census record for it.


  1. ^ "San Francisco Township, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Upham, Warren (2001). Minnesota Place Names, A Geographical Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 608. ISBN 0-87351-396-7.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Upham" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ San Francisco - Ghost Town

Coordinates: 44°41′52″N 93°42′08″W / 44.6977406°N 93.7021821°W / 44.6977406; -93.7021821