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Delano is a city in southeastern Wright County, Minnesota, about twenty-five miles west of Minneapolis. Surrounding and nearby communities include Greenfield, Independence, Maple Plain, Minnetrista, Montrose, Rockford, Watertown, and Waverly. Formerly the hunting ground of the Dakota people, the area began to be settled by European-Americans when Edmund Brissett established a trading post at the west end of Lake Pulaski in 1850, cutting a road from Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun to Buffalo. Although the post was abandoned a few years later, the road was improved upon and continued to serve early settlers. James P. Lyle was the first known settler to claim land lying within the current boundaries of Delano, who arrived with James Patten in 1855. They were joined by J.C. Ellis later that year, and Ellis claimed most of the land that would later become Delano. Other early settlers included Luther V. Walter, Riley Sturman, and John and Luther Cunningham. By 1868, the railroad reached Delano, Ellis sold portions of his land to the railroad, and donated six acres for a depot. The new town was originally named Crow River Station, but was soon renamed in honor of Francis Roach Delano, a superintendent with the railroad, and Delano was incorporated as a village in 1876. Other than a few decreases in the town’s population between 1910 and 1930, Delano has experienced steady growth since 1930.


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