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Generally referred to by the abbreviation, NYA, Norwood Young America was formed with the cities of Norwood and Young America merged in 1997. Prior to its merger, Norwood and Young America were small towns with a common history, separated by only a mile. Young America was founded in 1856 by James Slocum JR and Dr. R.M. Kennedy, who took a steamboat from Saint Paul to Carver, then followed Indian trails to what is now northern NYA. Early businesses included a saw mill, a grist mill, a general mercantile, and a grain business. Originally named Young America, the town’s name was changed to Teuteberg in 1879, then to Florence, and back to Young America. The Milwaukee Railroad was going to construct its tracks through the area, but residents of Young America didn’t want to pay the bonus to have the tracks laid through their town, so the railroad came through a mile south. Built in 1872, the depot was named Young America Station, and several of the town’s businesses moved to be near the railroad. Young America Station was incorporated as Norwood in 1874, named for a friend of Slocum, and an early settler. Slocum built a store, grain elevator, and the Bank of Norwood, and he assisted in building the Methodist Church in 1876, and was the postmaster for both cities. In 1974, Norwood voters passed a referendum to merge the two cities, but the vote failed in Young America. It failed again in 1976. Finally, in 1997, Norwood and Young America were merged, to form Norwood Young America. NYA is in Carver County. US Highway 212 runs east-west through the city, and Minnesota Highway 5 intersects it on the west part of town. Nearby communities include Assumption, Benton, Bongards, Cologne, Gotha, Green Isle, Hamburg, Lester Prairie, Mayer, New Germany, Plato, and Waconia. Minneapolis is about forty miles northeast of NYA.

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