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100 years of Washington Park

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An article in the April 27, 1939 Detroit Lakes Record carried a headline which read, "It was 'Eyesore No. 1' in 39."

This headline referred to the Washington Park grandstand that was built in 1908. Painting the wobbly structure was suggested, while others suggested wrecking it and building a new grandstand.

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A frequent complaint by neighboring residents was that it was a place for undesirable "drifters" to sleep during the summer.

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