Gaylord (geɪlɚd ) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Otsego County, and is the only city within the county. Gaylord had a population of 4,286 at the 2020 census, an increase from 3,645 at the 2010 census.
Gaylord styles itself as an "alpine village" and contains many buildings in the downtown area with Tyrolean 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 Midwestern United States.
Gaylord was struck by an EF3 tornado on May 20, 2022. The tornado killed two people and injured 44 others. It was the first recorded tornado in Gaylord since tornado records began in 1950.
Founding and Early Years
The town was unofficially called Barnes, after secretary of the Michigan Central Railroad and state representative Orlando Barnes, the town was sett