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Museum exhibit showcases New York Mills

This is one of the photographs of historic New York Mills now on display at the museum.

A new exhibit at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County features photographs from the recent and not so recent history of New York Mills. 

The village was incorporated 125 years ago in 1884.  More than 10 years earlier a sawmill had been established in the area by a group from New York state, earning the town its name.  The Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in Otter Tail County in 1871 and one of the first shipments to the area was material for the sawmills.

The first settlers were single men who worked in the forests and the mills but by 1881 there were 64 Finnish farmers living in the area.  The first buildings included a boarding house, a general store and a café in addition to the four sawmills.  By 1916, New York Mills had a population of 500 and dozens of 'modern' buildings, both business and residential. 

This exhibit, which was created for the 125th Celebration of New York Mills will be on display at the History Museum through 2009.   The History Museum is located 230 First Avenue North, Perham. 

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