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Situated on the shores of Titloe Lake, the city of Gaylord, Minnesota is the county seat of Sibley County. Gaylord is about fifty miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and thirty miles northwest of Mankato. Minnesota Highways 5, 19, and 22 are the chief routes through the city. Winthrop is west of Gaylord, along Highway 19, while Arlington is northwest of the city, along Highway 5. The community was founded by William Washburn, who was responsible for extending the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway from his flour mills in Minneapolis to South Dakota, establishing train stops about seven miles apart, and platting the towns along the railroad. The railroad reached Gaylord in October of 1881, and the resulting town was named for Edward W. Gaylord, a railroad employee who never actually lived in the town that bore his name. A post office was established in 1881, and Gaylord was incorporated as a village in 1883, and became a city in 1947. The population of the city has increased each census year since 1890, with a peak population of 2,305 in 2010.



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