Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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Detroit Lakes is a city in Becker County, Minnesota, United States.
The city's post office was officially registered as Detroit City (1871-1906) and Detroit (1906-26)
before adopting its present name by a vote of its citizens on September 7, 1926 due to increasing postal confusion
with the city of Detroit, Michigan.
The early settlement had a station of the Northern Pacific Railroad in section 27, and exported wheat, furs,
butter, and snakeroot.
An area in section 34, near the Pelican River, was then absorbed by the city.
It was initially named Tyler Town when settled in 1871.
The population of the city of Detroit Lakes was 7,348 at the 2000 census.
From 1990 to 2000, the city experienced approximately 10.75% population growth.
It is the county seat of Becker County.
U.S. Routes 10 and 59, and Minnesota State Highway 34 are three of the main routes in the city.
The city is referred to in the author John Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, as he and his dog
Charley drove through the upper Midwest.
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