MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s a lot to love at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, but getting around can be tricky, unless you have a map or know the street names.

WCCO-TV fans know the station’s building is right on the corner of Carnes Avenue and Nelson Street.

But who was Carnes? Or Nelson?

The truth is, we didn’t know either, so we headed to the fair’s history museum to do some research. As it turns out, the museum is a State Fair hall of fame.

Norris Carnes lived to be 102. He was awarded for his outstanding service to the fair in 1977. Nearly all of the streets at the fair are named after men prominent to the fair’s history.

And while we found photographs of Ligget and Canfield in the museum, we saw nothing of Nelson.

However, not all of the fairground streets are named after people. One major fair avenue is named after an animal.

Dan Patch Avenue is named after a racehorse.

Dan’s harness racing record of 1:55 a mile, which was set in 1906, has been equaled once, but never broken.

His legendary presence at the fair almost makes you feel bad for the other animals.


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