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Gaylord offers high-quality public and private education options for students preschool through 12th grade. The city is a part of the Sibley East Public School District.

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A variety of shops are located throughout Gaylord that provide residents and visitors with everything they may need.

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Gaylord offers an array of housing options so that everyone can find a home that fits their needs. Whether looking to buy or rent, the city has something for everyone.

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From aquatic center to the local bowling alley and numerous parks, Gaylord boasts a variety of recreational activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family.

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Public Safety

The city’s police, fire and emergency medical departments along with other area organizations work tirelessly to ensure that Gaylord is a safe, family-friendly community for all.

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City History

The founding of the village of Gaylord is credited to William Washburn who extended the Minneapolis and St. Louis (M & St. L) railway from his flour mills in Minneapolis to South Dakota. Washburn established train stops along the way (typically every seven miles) and platted the towns along the railway. In October of 1881 M & St. L finally reached the village of Gaylord, which was named after E. W. Gaylord, a highly respected man working Mr. Washburn’s railroad company (Gaylord never actually lived in the area or town of his namesake). Two years later, in 1883, the first city elections were held and a petition was approved that incorporated Gaylord as a Village. Gaylord remained a village until 1947 when the community approved changing it to a city of the fourth class.

Gaylord was the prototypical small town of the early 20th century, being the agricultural trade center where townspeople’s livelihoods were dependent, directly or indirectly, on supporting farm trade territories and selling goods to farmers.

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City of Gaylord Historic Context Study

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