“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Crow Wing County, Minnesota

Clickable Map of Crow Wing County, Minnesota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Crow Wing County, MN (25) Aitkin County, MN (10) Cass County, MN (24) Mille Lacs County, MN (5) Morrison County, MN (58)  CrowWingCounty(25) Crow Wing County (25)  AitkinCounty(10) Aitkin County (10)  CassCounty(24) Cass County (24)  MilleLacsCounty(5) Mille Lacs County (5)  MorrisonCounty(58) Morrison County (58)
Brainerd is the county seat for Crow Wing County
Adjacent to Crow Wing County, Minnesota
      Aitkin County (10)  
      Cass County (24)  
      Mille Lacs County (5)  
      Morrison County (58)  
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1 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — All Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m78407) WM
2 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Carnegie Library
This building was presented to the City of Brainerd by Andrew Carnegie Anno Domini, 1904.Map (db m78408) HM
3 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Depot Park
Although never a city entity, this park was located on the east side of Sixth Street just south of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks, also called NP Park as it was on Northern Pacific RR land. The first NP Depot was just to the north, . . . Map (db m213559) HM
4 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — First Northern PacificHistoric Site — 1871 - 1971 —
First N. P. DepotMap (db m78409) HM
5 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Former Northern Pacific Railway Water TowerOfficial Minnesota Historic Site
Built 1919-1922 Renovated 1974 Dedication July 4, 1974Map (db m78410) HM
6 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Geology of MinnesotaBrainerd Region
Toward the close of the Wisconsin stage of glaciation about 12,000 years ago, the waning lobe of the ice sheet in the Brainerd area retreated westward, leaving in its wake many stagnant ice blocks which had become separated from the main ice field. . . . Map (db m155678) HM
7 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Old Crow Wing
Few spots in Minnesota are richer in historical lore than Old Crow Wing. Here in 1768, the Sioux suffered a significant defeat in their long struggle to regain central Minnesota from the invading Chippewa. A British fur trader wintered at the . . . Map (db m207134) HM
8 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Brainerd — Reconciliation
At this location, on July 23, 1872, a tragedy occurred and two American Indian brothers lost their lives to a vigilante group. These members of the White Earth Nation had been accused in the disappearance of a 22 year-old woman from Crow Wing . . . Map (db m213585) HM
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9 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Crow Wing — Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
Here stood the mission of that great servant of God, Father Francis X. Pierz, his log chapel of 1852, and his frame church of 1867 (demolished 1915). Stones that supported the original structures now support this stone, laid on Columbus Day in . . . Map (db m189779) HM
10 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Deerwood — The Cuyuna Range
Named for entrepreneur Cuyler Adams and his faithful dog Una, the Cuyuna Ranges lies at the westernmost edge of a ring of iron ore that circles Lake Superior. The smallest of Minnesota’s three northern iron ranges, the Cuyuna was also the last to be . . . Map (db m43934) HM
11 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Fort Ripley — Fort Ripley
The establishment of Fort Ripley in 1848 represents the U.S. government’s effort to establish control on the northern frontier. Construction began on the west bank of the Mississippi River across from this point a year before Minnesota became a . . . Map (db m43935) HM
12 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Garrison — Lake Mille Lacs Walleye
Legend has it this walleye was caught by Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox after a three day struggle. Paul finally wrapped his line around Babe's horns and Babe pulled the fish out of Lake Mille Lacs and up onto Garrison Beach.Map (db m78403) HM
13 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Garrison — Mille Lacs Lake
Names from the fur traders' phrase "The Thousand Lakes Region." This lake is 1250 feet above sea level and covers about 200 square miles. It formerly included much low ground and several adjacent lakes. When visited by Du Luth in 1679, Sioux . . . Map (db m78405) HM
14 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Garrison — William A. Tauer
This memorial erected in honor of William A. Tauer who sacrificed his life to save others during the storm on Mille Lacs Lake June 10, 1927Map (db m78406) HM
15 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Nisswa — Lake Hubert Depot
The only open-air railway station remaining in the U.S.A. Built in 1896 by the Northern Pacific Railway preserved and maintained through the cooperation of local and summer residents.Map (db m126145) HM
16 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Nisswa — Nisswa
This plaque dedicated to the founding pioneer families, and their contribution to the town of Smiley/Nisswa, on the occasion of its Centennial Celebration. Settled in 1886. Became Village of Smiley in 1898. Organized as township in 1900. Became . . . Map (db m131673) HM
17 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Nisswa — The Present Location of the Lake Hubert Depot
The depot had its birth in 1896, and was slated for demolition when the railroad discontinued service to the Lake Hubert region. It has been preserved through the cooperative efforts of Lake Hubert residents. Mr. Hugh McCaffrey, who ran the Lake . . . Map (db m126147) HM
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18 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Bean Hole DaysPequot Lakes, Minnesota
Bean Hole Days brings a surge of people to Pequot Lakes every year, and we're often asked, What is Bean Hole Days? Bean Hole Days started in the fall of 1938. A group of Pequot Lakes businessmen prepared the first free bean . . . Map (db m237310) HM
19 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Close to Home... Area Historic Wildfires
Though the fires noted on this panel are not considered among the most significant in the state's history, this area has experienced some harrowing and memorable wildfires. Over the years, the specialists we count on to deal with wildfires draw on . . . Map (db m237399) HM
20 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Don Nelson1925-2012
This picnic shelter is dedicated to Don Nelson, who served Crow Wing County, Sibley Township and the City of Pequot Lakes as a dedicated employee and volunteer. Don Nelson began his career as a logger, and operated a saw mill in Sibley Township . . . Map (db m237487) HM
21 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Fire and Healthy Forests
About one-third of Minnesota is covered with forest. These woodlands are incredibly diverse, with over 50 species of native trees and a wide array of plants that make up the understory and cover the forest floor. It is very important that we all . . . Map (db m237397) HM
22 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Minnesota's Most Devastating Wild Fires
Baudette-Spooner FireFire conditions in northern Minnesota were extreme in the autumn of 1910. Several small fires developed in the dry slash left in the wake of logging operations throughout Lake of the Woods County. The fires . . . Map (db m237400) HM
23 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park
Welcome to Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park. The main feature of the park is the historic Pequot Fire Lookout Tower. The 100-foot tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits atop a tall hill, providing up to a 20-mile . . . Map (db m237392) HM
24 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Prescribed Fire
For thousands of years, fire was an important component of the health of natural areas including prairies, oak savannah, wetlands and forests. Fires were started by lightning and were also set by Native Americans as a planned landscape management . . . Map (db m237398) HM
25 Minnesota, Crow Wing County, Pequot Lakes — Traditional Landscape
Centuries of fire helped shape the forest we enjoy today. Scientists examining sediment cores from lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness found pollen and charcoal dating all the way back to the retreat of the glaciers. They noted that . . . Map (db m237396) HM
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Dec. 8, 2023