Around 1883 a Swede named Carl August Carlson moved into the country west of Twin Lakes, and established a homestead. In 1904, the Soo Line Rail Road built its track through Carlson’s farm and bought a townsite from him. The new town needed a name. Some suggested Klingville, then Clayton, finally Karlstad, honoring both Mr. Carlson and the city of Karlstad in Sweden.
Pelan, a village to the east, busy during the stagecoach days, moved its buildings to Karlstad. Among the early businesses were: Raier Olson’s blacksmith shop; Nordin’s Hotel, managed by the Wicklund Bros.; Ole Harstad’s livery barn; Peter Lofgren’s general store; Turnwall Mercantile; Te Commercial Hotel, owned by Jonas Anderson; L.E. Anderson livery barn; a lumber mill; flour mill; and an elevator. The Knute Hodne store building was moved in from Fir, about three miles southwest of Karlstad. The first business actually built in Karlstad was the Pearson Hotel.
Karlstad Memorial Hospital Demolition August 2011
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