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The city of Montrose is in Wright County, Minnesota. US Highway 12 and Minnesota Highway 25 are the chief routes through the city. Along Highway 12, Montrose is east of Waverly and Howard Lake, and west of Delano. Other nearby localities include Albion Center, Buffalo, Delano, Greenfield, Hanover, Highland, Independence, Maple Plain, Rassat, Rockford, Watertown, Waverly and Winsted. Minnetonka is about thirty miles east and Minneapolis is about thirty-five miles east, St Cloud is about fifty miles north, and Willmar is about sixty miles west of Montrose. The community was platted in 1878, incorporated as a village in 1881 and a post office was established at the railroad station in 1866. Montrose was named for the Pennsylvania home town of George M. Wright, the village’s first settler. A portion of the current city of Montrose was founded on his land. Prior to that time, the community was known as the Virginia Settlement. Most of the town’s early businesses were concentrated on Railroad Street, but the 1930s saw the business district move outward to US Highway 12, which was built in the 1920s, after a fire destroyed many of the buildings on Railroad Street. The city’s population remained below four hundred until 1980 when it approached eight hundred, and has gained in population every year since.



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