Detroit Lakes

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Overview
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was incorporated in 1871 as the village of Detroit. Detroit became a boomtown in the late 19th century because of the vast supply of timber that dominated the landscape of northwest Minnesota at the time. The population grew by leaps and bounds, and by 1900 the census recorded 2,060 residents. In 1926, the US Postal Service officially changed the town's name to Detroit Lakes in order to avoid confusion with Detroit, Michigan. The lush landscape of lakes and rivers created a natural vacation destination, and tourism pioneers like John K. West began to market to the newly moneyed industrialists of the Gilded Age, promising steamboat transportation and boardwalks to the shoreline. Today, Detroit Lakes remains a vibrant city with thriving resort and business communities. It is the heart of lakes country and continues to provide a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and residents alike.
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ISBN: 9780738584041
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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State: Minnesota
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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In 1882, the Pioneer Settlers Union was established by the early pioneers of this area to preserve the history of their communities. In 1924, the organization was renamed the Becker County Historical Society, which started the Becker County Museum in 1943. The Becker County Historical Society continues to promote and archive local history as it happens today.
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