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A boxcar can be seen in the far distance of this 1873 photo taken looking south on Washington Avenue. The handwritten caption on the original photo says that Dave Carlson's Drug Store is at the extreme left. Photo courtesy of the Becker County Historical Society

Washington Avenue paved with history

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When crews unearthed Washington Avenue north of the tracks this summer and replaced utilities and added streetscapes, they added another piece of the history below and above the street.

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"Probably the most unique thing about working in these downtown areas is there are old steam lines that we have to contend with," City Engineer Jon Pratt said.

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