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The historic Brainerd water tower, the first of its kind, was used from 1922 until 1959. It still stands today as a symbol of the town.
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The historic Brainerd water tower, the first of its kind, was used from 1922 until 1959. It still stands today as a symbol of the town.

Brainerd is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,178. It is the county seat of Crow Wing County6 and one of the largest cities in Central Minnesota. Crow Wing County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A county seat is a town which is the capital of a county. ... Crow Wing County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Nationalatlas. ...

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Geography

Location of Brainerd, Minnesota

Brainerd is located just north of the geographical center of Minnesota, in a relatively hilly terminal moraine area created by the Superior Lobe of the Labradorian ice sheet. The town occupies land on both sides of the Mississippi River, though the older parts of Brainerd are almost all to the east. Moraine is the general term for debris of all sorts originally transported by glaciers or ice sheets that have since melted away. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge Saint Louis¹: 5,500 m³/s Vicksburg²: 16,800 m³/s Baton Rouge³: 12,800 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin Lake Itasca Mouth Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ...


Though the city itself has relatively few lakes, there are over 460 lakes within 25 miles of Brainerd, located mostly to the north. For this reason, Crow Wing County and parts of the adjoining counties are often collectively referred to as the Brainerd Lakes Area. Many people from nearby towns like Baxter, East Gull Lake, and Nisswa consider themselves Brainerd residents. Baxter is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. ... East Gull Lake is a city located in Cass County, Minnesota. ... Nisswa is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.9 km² (8.4 mi²). 20.6 km² (8.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.57% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ...


History

Originally Ojibwe territory, Brainerd was first seen by white men on Christmas Day in 1805, when Zebulon Pike stopped there while searching for the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Crow Wing Village, a fur and logging community near Fort Ripley, brought settlers to the area in the mid-1800s. For other uses of Chippewa, see Chippewa (disambiguation). ... Zebulon Montgomery Pike (January 5, 1779–April 27, 1813) was an American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. ... The source of a river or stream may be a lake, a spring, or a collection of headwaters. ...


In these early years the relationship between the settlers and the Indians was complicated. The most famous example of this tenuous relationship was the so-called "Blueberry War" of 1872. Two "half-breed" Objiwe were hung for allegedly murdering a missing girl, and when a group of Indians approached the town, troops from nearby Fort Ripley were called in to prevent a potential reprisal. As it turns out, however, the Ojibwe only wanted to sell blueberries and the settlers narrowly avoided a bloody misunderstanding. Half-breed is a term once used to describe people of mixed Native American (especially North American) and white European parentage. ... Species Vaccinium angustifolium Vaccinium arboreum Vaccinium ashei Vaccinium corymbosum Vaccinium melanocarpum Vaccinium myrsinites Vaccinium myrtilloides Vaccinium occidentalis Vaccinium pallidum Vaccinium tenellum Vaccinium vaccillans Vaccinium virgatum Blueberry refers to some plants of the genus Vaccinium, which also includes cranberries, bilberries (also called blueberry), and many wild shrubs producing edible, round, blue...


Brainerd was the brainchild of Northern Pacific railroad president John Gregory Smith, who in 1870 named the township after his wife, Anne Eliza Brainerd Smith. The company built a bridge over the Mississippi seven miles north of Crow Wing Village and used the Brainerd station as a machine and car shop, prompting many to move north and abandon Crow Wing. Brainerd was organized as a city on March 6, 1873. Northern Pacific Railway Categories: Stub | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | Idaho railroads | Minnesota railroads | Montana railroads | North Dakota railroads | Oregon railroads | Washington railroads | Wisconsin railroads ... The term township generally means the district or area associated with a town. ... A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1873 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


On January 11, 1876, the state legislature revoked Brainerd's charter for six years, as a reaction to the election of local handyman Thomas Lanihan as mayor instead of Judge C.B. Sleeper. Brainerd once again functioned as a township in the interrum. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


In 1881 the railroad, and with it the town, expanded. Lumber and paper, as well as agriculture in general, were important early industries, but for many decades Brainerd remained a railroad town: in the 1920s roughly 90 percent of Brainerd residents were dependent on the railroad. Participation in the nationwide railroad strike on July 1, 1922, left the majority of Brainerd residents unemployed and embittered many of those involved. 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Great Railroad Strike of 1922, a nationwide railroad shop workers strike in the United States which began on July 1, caused a national outcry. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


On October 27, 1933, the First National Bank of Brainerd became briefly famous when it was held up by Baby Face Nelson and his gang. October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lester M. Gillis (December 6, 1908 - November 27, 1934), also known as George Nelson but better known as Baby Face Nelson due to his youthful appearance, was a bank robber in the 1930s. ...


Over the years increased efficiency and the better positioning of the more centralized Livingston, Montana shops have led to a decline in the importance of a railroad station that once employed over a thousand and serviced locomotives for the whole Northern Pacific line. Livingston is a city located in Park County, Montana. ... A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train, and has no payload capacity of its own; its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. ...


The Northwest Paper Company built Brainerd's first paper mill in 1903 and with the steady increase in tourism since the early 1900s the paper and service industries have become Brainerd's primary employers. The town's coating mill was sold by Potlatch to Sappi Limited in 2002. International Paper Company:kraft paper mill Georgetown, South Carolina When built, this mill was the largest in the world A paper mill is a factory devoted to making paper from wood pulp and other ingredients using a Fourdrinier Machine or similar apparatus. ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Potlatch Corporation (NYSE: PCH) is an American diversified forest products company based in Spokane, Washington. ... Sappi Limited (NYSE: SPP) is an South African pulp and paper company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Brainerd itself is now heavily developed into commercial and residential areas and most new construction in the area takes place in Baxter. Along Brainerd's western border the boundary between the two cities has become effectively indistinguishable, prompting some to call for a merger of the two communities into "Braxter." Baxter is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 13,178 people, 5,623 households, and 3,036 families residing in the city. The population density is 638.4/km² (1,652.8/mi²). There are 5,847 housing units at an average density of 283.3/km² (733.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.83% White, 0.71% African American, 1.44% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 5,623 households out of which 29.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.8% are married couples living together, 14.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% are non-families. 37.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.23 and the average family size is 2.94. Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


In the city the population is spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city is $26,901, and the median income for a family is $35,212. Males have a median income of $27,677 versus $21,217 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,744. 17.6% of the population and 11.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.5% of those under the age of 18 and 16.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the number of people. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Trivia

Brainerd claims Paul Bunyan as its native; the largest animated statue of him, once located at the now-defunct Paul Bunyan Land in nearby Baxter, is on display a few miles east of the town. Paul and Babe in Bemidji, Minnesota Paul Bunyan is a mythical lumberjack in tall tales. ...


Much of the Coen brothers' movie Fargo takes place in a fictional version of Brainerd. The landmarks pictured (the Blue Ox Bar, the Paul Bunyan statue) are not the same ones actually in the town. Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers, are United States film directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona . ... Fargo is a 1996 dramatic and dark comedy film written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. ...


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David Brainerd (April 20, 1718 - 1747), American missionary among the Native Americans, was born at Haddam, Connecticut.
His heroic and self-denying labours, both for the spiritual and for the temporal welfare of the Indians, wore out a naturally feeble constitution, and on the 19th of October 1747 he died at the house of his friend, Jonathan Edwards, in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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