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Historic walking tour of Perham is May 31 [UPDATED]

Published 9:55am Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated 11:58am Thursday, May 17, 2012

Join Otter Tail County Historical Society executive director Chris Schuelke for a walking tour of historic downtown Perham on Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.

When the Northern Pacific railroad bypassed Otter Tail City in favor of Perham in 1871, the success of the community was ensured. Named after railroad executive Josiah Perham, the village quickly grew into the county’s second largest town.

A walk through the well preserved downtown reveals a series of architectural treasures that people typically ignore on their daily routine.

For example, which building features the initials and logo for the fraternal organization the Independent Order of Odd Fellows?

In addition to highlighting building styles and features, the tour includes many stories from Perham’s past. Which Perham dentist used the phrase “a little pain to save a big pain” to advertise his practice?

The tour begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the Northern Pacific Park. For more information call 218-736-6038 or visit


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