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Madison is in western Minnesota, in Lac qui Parle County, for which it is the county seat. The chief routes through the city are US Highway 75 and Minnesota Highway 40. Nearby communities include Bellingham, Cerro Gordo, Dawson, Haydenville, Lac qui Parle, Marietta, and Nassau, in Minnesota, as well as the South Dakota localities of Albee and Revillo. The land upon which the original part of the town was formed was purchased from John Anderson in 1884, at which time it was a field of wheat. Madison was located along the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad, which provided passenger and freight service. Once the railroad came through, several businesses moved from the village of Lac qui Parle. Madison was incorporated in 1885, and named for the city in Wisconsin, which was the hometown of some of the early settlers. Both Dawson and Madison began petitioning to take the county seat from Lac qui Parle Village. Over the next couple of years, many of the homes in Lac qui Parle Village began moving to Madison. The county fair began in Madison in 1886, although Madison did not become the county seat until 1889, and the construction of a courthouse was completed in 1899. Madison's peak population was 2,380 in 1960, and it has lost population each census year since. The authors, Robert and Carol Bly, lived on a farm near Madison.



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