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Delft
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Cottonwood
Platted 1902
Government
 • Type unincorporated (part of Carson Township)
Elevation
1,457 ft (444 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 507
GNIS feature ID 642752

Delft is an unincorporated community (Class Code U6) located in Cottonwood County, Minnesota in Carson Township.

Geography

Delft is located in the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of section 18, township 106, range 35, west. Its geographic coordinates are 43.9863461 latitude and -95.0888797 longitude. The elevation is 1,457 feet. Delft appears on the Bingham Lake U.S. Geological Survey Map.

History

Delft was established as a railroad station in 1892, and ten years later, the village of Delft was officially platted, on June 18, 1902 by the Inter-State Land Company. The community was named after the city of Delft, in the Netherlands, previous to which it was called Wilhelmine.

Delft had a station on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad, which ran through the southwestern part of the township, en route from Jeffers to Bingham Lake. Shortly after the original elevator was built the village had its first fire, which burned the Farmers Elevator Company, its coal sheds, and the railroad company's stockyards. All of which were rebuilt immediately after. In past times, there was also a general store, hardware store, a general farm implement sales business, and a creamery.

Established in a predominantly Mennonite area, by the 1950s, approximately 400 members of Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonite churches resided within a 5-mile radius of the little community. There were two Mennonite churches. The Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, founded in 1875 and closed in 2005, and the now independent (as of ca. 2002) Immanuel Mennonite Church originally established in 1940.

A post office was in operation at Delft between 1903 and 1993.

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