Buffalo, Minnesota

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Buffalo is located 45 minutes NW of Minneapolis in Wright County, Minnesota.[3] According to the 2000 census the town's population was 10,097. According to 2008 U.S. Census estimates the population has grown to over 14,222.

Minnesota State Highways 25 and 55 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. The school district is called Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools. It is composed of schools within the city of Buffalo and local towns of Hanover and Montrose. There are six elementary schools: Discovery Center, Northwinds Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Tatanka Elementary, Hanover Elementary, and Montrose Elementary. There is one middle school: Buffalo Community Middle School, and one high school Buffalo High School.

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History

Wright County was open up for settlement by white pioneers in 1855. The village of Buffalo was platted in 1856 to 1858. The town of Buffalo is actually named after the carp-like fish that were once abundant in this region. Buffalo remained a small town until the mid-19th century when it became a popular resort town for wealthy day-trippers from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. There were several resorts located around Lake Pulaski, which along with Buffalo Lake is one of the two largest lakes in Buffalo. Visitors would take a train from the Twin Cities and arrive in Buffalo only an hour later. Buffalo remained a popular resort destination from the 1890s until the 1920s. During the summer months Buffalo's population would nearly double in size with all the visiting tourists. Today, many visitors still come to Buffalo for the fishing on Lake Pulaski and Buffalo Lake, as well as for shopping in the many boutiques and antique shops. Their monthly sales attract many non-residents.

Culture

Buffalo offers a relatively large and vibrant arts scene for the town's size. The Buffalo Community Theater [4] is a local organization that has been producing plays since 1986. The Buffalo Community Theater stages several plays a year, and is funded and organized entirely by members of the surrounding community. The [5] Buffalo Community Orchestra is another popular artistic outlet. The orchestra has been part of the Buffalo community since 1995 and has over 50 members. The orchestra is well known for the 'Concert in the Park' series they put on every summer for free to community members. The orchestra is also funded by business and residents of Buffalo and the surrounding area. Also in the area are the Wright County Chamber Chorus and the Wright Ringers bell choir.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.2 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (22.72%) is water.

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