Pine River Chamber of Commerce Information Center
Nearly 100 resources and points of interest have been identified along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route. Some of the spots are well known such as the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area or the Crosslake Historic Log Village. Others are not as commonly recognized.
Each of the quarterly issues of Inkslinger will highlight one of these lesser known Byway points of interest.
Pine River Chamber of Commerce Information Building
What could fit into the Byway area better than a log building? Maybe a log building filled with icons of local history, including the area’s first telephone.
This site’s grounds include the Pine River Depot Building which will likely move across the Paul Bunyan Trail and be restored within the next several years.
Located on the southwest corner of the only intersection in Pine River with a stoplight, the Chamber of Commerce Information building was selected by the State of Minnesota in 2004 as an official Explore Minnesota Affiliate Information Center.
Visitors can find information on local events, attractions, dining, lodging, shopping, free wireless, nice restrooms and of course, the history of the area. Chamber Director, John Wetrosky, has stories to share about the Russian snow sleigh, the local art gracing the walls, memorabilia from logging days, and even Paul Bunyan’s wooden baby boots!
If you’ve ever wondered about the age-old mystery of who shot George Barclay, the first mayor of Pine River, stop by and ask John Wetrosky to tell the story about the whole range of speculation from across the decades. Could the still undiscovered murder weapon be hidden beneath the Depot Building? Hmmm. Better stop by and find out more.