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The city of Waverly, Minnesota is located in Wright County, mostly surrounded by Marysville and Woodland townships, although a portion of the city abuts the city of Montrose.

Nearby cities include Howard Lake (5.0 miles west), Winsted (11.0 miles southwest), and Watertown (12.2 miles southeast). The main route through the city is US Highway 12, which is also known as Pacific Avenue. County Roads 8 and 9 also serve the city.

In north Waverly, Waverly Lake is a 492-acre lake, that is about 71-feet deep at its deepest point. Little Waverly Lake (338-acres) is just west of Waverly Lake, abutting the northwestern part of the city, and Carrigan Lake (149-acres) is in southeastern Waverly.

In 1855, when Wright County was organized, there were a few homesteaders in the area that was to become Waverly, but the land was primarily the Big Woods, with a mixture of basswood, hickory, maple, and oak, with portions of wet prairie on the eastern edge of Waverly Lake.

In 1856, a dam, sawmill, and grist mill were built at the outlet of Little Waverly Lake, and the settlement that grew up around it became known as Waverly Mills. A town site of about three hundred acres was platted, and the settlement soon gained a general store, a log church, a cemetery, and a post office. The community survived a financial crash and major grasshopper infestations two years in a row.

In 1869, the Saint Paul and Pacific Railway extended its track to the area, establishing Waverly Station south of the townsite at the outlet of Little Waverly Lake. Consequently, the community's focus at the previous site was transferred to the area around the depot a mile away. Waverly Station was platted by the railroad, although the village remained part of the township until 1881 when it was incorporated. In 1899, the village's name was shortened to Waverly.

The early economy of the village was supported by railroad traffic and the patronage of settlers in Woodland and Marysville townships, many of whom were recent immigrants from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Prussia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as from French Canada and other parts of the United States. Thus, it became a regional commercial center, supporting a bakery, bank, churches, a creamery, a drug store, flour mills, furniture shops, general stores, grain elevators, hardware stores, hotels, livery stables, lumber companies, meat markets, millinery shops, a newspaper, saloons, and a sawmill.

Waverly is not a large town. Until the 2010 census, its population remained below a thousand, and it experienced some slight population decreases until 1990, when it began to grow more quickly.

Today, Waverly is more of an urban, residential environment than a rural, agricultural one.

Hubert Humphrey, who twice served as a US Senator, and as the 38th Vice President of the United States, owned a lakefront home in Waverly, and lived there from 1958 until his death in 1978.

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