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The Hotel Minnesota was the premier lodging destination in the village of Detroit. As part of an advertising circular, it printed a plat map showing downtown businesses. Recently rediscovered, it has been a gold mine for the Becker County Historical Society. Photo courtesy of The Becker County Historical Society

Historical Treasure: Long-lost plat map shows businesses of early Detroit Lakes

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The early history of the town that was to become Detroit Lakes is full of surprises.

As to be expected, the booming frontier town of Detroit had its share of saloons and billiards halls, but it was also home to the first woman doctor licensed to practice in Minnesota — and she shared space with the first woman pharmacist.


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