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Gaylord is a city in and the county seat of Otsego County, Michigan, United States. The population was 3,645 at the 2010 census. The city is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord, the smallest settlement by far serving as the location of an active Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.Gaylord styles itself as an "alpine village" and the city center features many buildings with Tyrolean traverse style motifs. Receiving abundant snowfall and experiencing mild summer temperatures, the area around Gaylord has long been known for its many skiing and golf resorts, one of the largest such concentrations in the Midwest.HistoryGaylord was named for an attorney employed with the Michigan Central Railroad.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.83sqmi, of which, 4.80sqmi is land and 0.03sqmi is water.Gaylord experiences heavy lake effect snow during the winter and is in the middle of the Northern Michigan snowbelt.Highway signs denote that Gaylord rests on the 45th parallel line – halfway between the equator and the North Pole. This is one of 29 places (six are in Michigan) in the U.S.A. where such signs are known to exist.It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.Hartwick Pines State Park is just 28mi to the south, and is one of the last remaining stands of old growth virgin Eastern white pine forest.The Huron-Manistee National Forests is nearby.
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