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Dayton, Minnesota is the northernmost city in Hennepin County, with a portion of the city extending into Wright County. The town was developed at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Crow River. County Road 121 (Fernbrook Lane), County Road 144 (North Diamond Lake Road), County Road 12 (Dayton River Road), and South Diamond Lake Road are the four chief routes through the city, although Interstate 94 and County Road 81 pass through the southwestern corner of the city, and County Road 13 (Brockton Lane) runs north-south along the city’s western boundary with the city of Rogers. Other neighboring cities are Anoka, Champlin, Elk River, Maple Grove, Otsego, and Ramsey. Corcoran is nearby, but does not share a border with Dayton. Platted in 1855, the community was named for Lyman Dayton, the city’s founder, who was instrumental in the development of the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, for which he served as president until 1865. During the 1970s, Dayton’s population increased from 517 to 4,070, and has remained fairly steady since. Minneapolis is about twenty miles south of Dayton.



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