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Encyclopedia > Brainerd, Minnesota

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. Brainerd has been assigned ZIP code 56401. Crow Wing County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... A county seat is an administrative center for a county. ... Crow Wing County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... 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. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias MN county maps by Catbar. ... Moraine is the general term for debris of all sorts originally transported by glaciers or ice sheets that have since melted away. ... This article is about the river in the United States. ...


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. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is nearby. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is part of the Minnesota state park system on Highway 210, northeast of Brainerd. ...


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. ... Fort Ripley is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Nokasippi Rivers. ...


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 Ojibwe 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. Species See text Blueberries are a group of flowering plants in the genus Vaccinium, sect. ...


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 ... A township in the United States refers to a small geographic area, ranging in size from 6 to 54 square miles (15. ... Anne Eliza Brainerd (October 7, 1819 - ?) in St. ... A panorama of Sydney, Australia at night. ... 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 calaber). ...


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 interim. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) 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 (MDCCCLXXXI) 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 (MCMXXII) 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 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lester J. Gillis, a. ...


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, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,851. ... A locomotive (from lat. ...


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 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Tourist redirects here; for the album by Athlete, see Tourist (album) Tourism is the act of travel for the purpose of recreation and business, 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. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


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 were 13,178 people, 5,623 households, and 3,036 families residing in the city. The population density was 638.4/km² (1,652.8/mi²). There were 5,847 housing units at an average density of 283.3/km² (733.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 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 were 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). ... 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. ... 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 were 5,623 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.94. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In the city the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,901, and the median income for a family was $35,212. Males had a median income of $27,677 versus $21,217 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,744. 17.6% of the population and 11.8% of families were below the poverty line. 20.5% of those under the age of 18 and 16.0% of those 65 and older were 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 total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line 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 world's largest animated statue of him, once located at Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in nearby Baxter, was moved a few miles east of the town to This Old Farm after the amusement center closed in 2003. 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 at Cannes 2001 Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers, are Jewish-American film directors best known for quirky comedies such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, as well as for darker film noir dramas such as Fargo and Blood Simple. ... Fargo is a 1996 dramatic and dark comedy film created by Joel and Ethan Coen. ...


One of the city's less famous ex-residents is Thomas Houghton, the man credited with the invention of the pocket protector.


Points of interest

The Northland Arboretum (583 acres) is a non-profit arboretum and nature reserve located on NW 7th Street (behind the Westgate Mall) in Brainerd, Minnesota. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Brainerd, Minnesota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1070 words)
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.
Brainerd was organized as a city on March 6, 1873.
Brainerd claims Paul Bunyan as its native; the world's largest animated statue of him, once located at Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in nearby Baxter, was moved a few miles east of the town to This Old Farm after the amusement center closed in 2003.
Brainerd Minnesota - City of Brainerd - Anne Eliza Brainerd Smith (572 words)
Brainerd Minnesota is a city located at the geographical center of the state of Minnesota.
Brainerd, Minnesota was once a dense pine forest that served the Chippewa Indians as their hunting grounds and blueberry fields.
Brainerd, Minnesota stands at the gateway to the state’s summer playground and the resort industry began to grow after World War I. People began flocking to the Brainerd Lakes Area with the arrival of better transportation, better roads, more money and time to spend in leisure-time activities.
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