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This is a guide to Tracy, Minnesota, a small city in southeastern Lyon County, named for John F. Tracy, a former president of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway.

Tracy was platted in 1875, and incorporated as a village in 1881, becoming a city in 1893. Prior to 1875, the settlement was known as Summit, as it was the highest point on the railroad between Chicago and Lake Campeska, South Dakota. From 1875 to 1877, it was known variously as Shetek, Shetek Station, or Shetek Bend. Finally, it became Tracy.

It had a station of the Winona and Saint Peter Railroad. In 1867, the railroad was purchased by Chicago and Northwestern, and Tracy became an active railroad town until the 1960s. It is still a division point on the Canadian Pacific Railway, where crews from the east and the west exchange trains.

Today, the city and surrounding region offers several recreational opportunities, such as golfing, hunting, camping, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Parks located within the city limits include Central Park, Greenwood Park, Legion Park, Nehl's Park, Roadside Park, Sebastian Park, Swift Lake Park, and Werner Park, as well as a large ball field, which is part of Lion's Park. Southwest Playground is just south of Greenwood Park and, although not in the city limits, Tracy Country Club is just east of the city.

Central Park features a tennis court, ice skating rink and warming house, a frisbee golf field, climbing equipment, a band shell, picnic shelter, and playground equipment. Greentown Park includes a basketball goal, a baseball backstop, and a playground. Legion Park has a volleyball court, a playground, and a picnic shelter. Nehl's Park has a picnic shelter and horseshoe pits. Roadside Park is small but includes a playground. Sebastian Park features an aquatic center, two softball fields, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, climbing equipment, and a picnic center. Swift Lake Park is built around the lake and includes a playground, campground, pedestrian path, and a fishing dock. Werner Park has a playground.

The main route through the city is US Route 14, which is Craig Avenue within the city limits. US 14 connects Tracy with Walnut Grove, to the east, and Balaton, to the west. County Road 11 runs through the city to the north, while County Road 29 runs south.

The focus of this guide is the city of Tracy, Minnesota. Websites representing the municipal government, local businesses, churches, schools, organizations, or individuals are appropriate for this category.

 

 

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