Exciting Byway Exhibit Underway
Drive the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway to the south side of Crosslake on County Road 66. Turn into the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Campground. Open the door of the Corps office building and walk into the multi-purpose room. It may not yet be to the breathtaking stage, but development of an exciting exhibit is underway.
Several key pieces of Wayne Chamberlain’s Paul Bunyan collection are included in the growing display, from historic advertising items using the famous logger’s face to children’s records, post cards, ‘Bunyan’ piggybanks and humor columns.
Adding to the exhibit’s appeal are historic clothing pieces, books, firearms and more, provided by historical re-enactor and Crosslake Corps director, Ray Nelson.
Lead by aesthetically gifted Byway Association board member, Kristi Kraemer, the room and exhibit design takes on added dimension and interest with each new piece that joins the display.
Kristi and her work group of Rod Nelson, Wayne Chamberlain and Ray Nelson, look at the task as a work-in-progress that will evolve for some time. A segment of the exhibit that will soon be added is the story of how the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway itself came to be.
The completed displays and evolving exhibits can be viewed during office hours at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers. Contact Deb or Ray at 218-692-2025 for winter hours.
To learn more about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, to donate toward this or the many other projects currently underway or to join the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, contact chair Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or email.