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Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association: Sharing the stories of byway history

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Sharing the stories of byway history

It’s been said that good stories are like good friends; you need to visit them often.

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway area is brimming with good stories. Stories of early settlers, first schools, home-grown industries and colorful local figures spring back to life as local folks start reminiscing and, bit by bit, recalling one thing that then leads to another memory and maybe even sheds light on some of today’s local news.

Over the past few years, the PBSBA developed a Panel Partners program to provide a venue for sharing these stories with Byway users.

The first panel partner was the city of Jenkins. Their history-themed interpretive panel is posted on the west side of the Gateway Gazebo Interpretive Kiosk located in Jenkins off the entrance drive to AmericInn at the intersection of Highway 371 and Crow Wing County Road 16.

Recently, Timothy Township became the newest panel partner. Their township history is written in a timeline format with easy to read paragraphs and photos, depicting the stories of Timothy and Swanburg area people, places and locations. Much of the content was contributed over several months through personal interview with local residents and history buffs, Bunny Geiger and Dodo Fraser. Learn how Timothy and Swanburg got their names, find out what happened to the old red phone booth and view the one and only photo of the historic hotel that did a snappy business during the heyday of logging. The Timothy Township panel is affixed on the east side of the two-sided Interpretive Kiosk located at Fire Station No. 2 on Crow Wing County Road 1 just a few miles east of County Road 134.

There are thirteen panel kiosk locations along the Byway route. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association welcomes Byway jurisdictions and municipalities to participate in the Panel Partners program. Contact Mary at for more information.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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