Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Deephaven History: Chowen's Corner - pronounced 'Kowen'

If you live in Deephaven you probably drive by this corner everyday. When I am returning from work it is a welcome sight.

Chowen’s Corner is a landmark for Deephaven. There Pioneer Joseph Chowen (1831-1898) came from Pennsylvania at the age of 23 to homesteaded 160 acres of land that would become the north side of the city of Deephaven. He officially bought the land in 1855 for $1.25 an acre. He had squatted on the land since 1853 - until a legal purchase could be made from the U.S. Government.

Today, the somewhat non-descript corner of Minnetonka Boulevard stil bears his name.


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