Byway History featured in Brainerd Lakes Area Relocation Guide
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is featured in an article in the 2007 Business and Relocation Guide. Using the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route to trek through some of the highlights of this area's history, the article piques interest by telling just enough to encourage a closer look. Noted along the route are such well-known historic sites as the Dakota/Ojibwe battle site on Crosslake, the US Army Corps of Engineers dam built in the late 1800's, Old Grade Road and Timothy Town Hall.
For those interested in getting out of the car and taking a walk through a bit of history, the Wetlands Walk pictured in the article may be just what the doctored ordered. The Wetlands Walk is a 500 foot boardwalk, part of the ever-evolving and improving Veterans Walking Trail on Crow Wing County Road 16. It connects the mainland of the site to an island of high ground. Historical accounts indicate this island was a campsite for Zebulon Pike during his mapping expedition in this area.
Some history aficionados prefer to sit down and visit with those who really know the area's special stories. For those folks, a gem of a story teller is noted by name. Dodo Fraser, life long resident and volunteer for the Crosslake Historical Society for many years, knows those special stories and a whole lot more. Taking the time to visit with her would add a treasured dimension to any history buff's day trip on the Byway.
To learn more about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, contact chair Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or email. To obtain a copy of the Business and Relocation Guide, contact the Brainerd Area Chambers of Commerce at 218-829-2838.