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Downtown Brainerd guidebooks available

Walk the same streets as railroad tycoons, blacksmiths, bank robbers and more. Downtown Brainerd has a wealth of fascinating history and it is now all freely available to you. Through a collaboration of the Brainerd History Group, the Brainerd Public Library, the Crow Wing County Historical Society and a tremendous group of volunteers, you can now tour the history of Brainerd in a variety of formats.

• Read. The guidebooks are available for check out at the Brainerd Public Library and online as a downloadable PDF.  

• Listen. An audio tour can be listened to on your computer or downloaded to any MP3 device to listen as you walk. You can also checkout the audio version of the guidebook on CD from the library.

• Watch. The history of Brainerd can be seen through two short videos, “Brainerd Begins” and “The Historical Brainerd Water Tower.”

All items are available at the City of Brainerd’s website:

The tour details 35 different locations and covers about 1.4 miles. Early images of Brainerd help to bring the past to life. You will be able to compare Brainerd’s first buildings with today’s cityscape. Be wowed by the pieces of history still here today and inspired by the history of those that came before us. If you have any questions about the project call the Brainerd Public Library at 829-5574.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.