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Incorporated in 1904, the small city of Carlos is in Douglas County, in central western Minnesota. Both the city and Carlos Township, which predates the city, having been incorporated in 1870, were named for nearby Lake Carlos. The city and township are accessed primarily through Minnesota Highway 29 and County Highway 13. The township encompasses Lake Carlos and Lake Le Homme Dieu, both part of the Chain of Lakes. The first settlers who came to the area that was to become the city of Carlos came in the late 1800s, trading with the Indians who were living along the Long Prairie River. Some of the land that became the city was sold several times by 1903, when the Sault Saint Marie Sooline Railroad was under construction, and the town site was selected near where the railroad and Road Number 13 crossed. The Fairview Motel was built early in the city’s history, and operated by Frank Sticka, and several stores were opened, along with a harness shop, livery stable, lumber yard, and a few saloons. Connected by County Highway 13, the town of Belle River is northeast of Carlos. Other nearby communities include Alexandria, Garfield, Miltona, Nelson, Osakis, and Spruce Center. Wadena is about forty miles north of Carlos. Topics related to either the township or the city are appropriate for this category.



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