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Do You Know About Paul Bunyan's Golf Tee?

Brainerd's Historic Water Tower -

Brainerd, Minnesota has a historic water tower, the first of its kind in the United States. Residents of the Brainerd Lakes Country see it often but frequently don't give it a second thought. But when I began visiting the Brainerd Lakes Area many years ago that was the first man made feature which fetched my attention. Here is the story of this majestic landmark.

The very first all concrete elevated tank water tower constructed by a city in the United States graces downtown Brainerd, Minnesota, located at 6th and Washington Streets. Built from 1919 until 1922 it is on the "National Register of Historic Places", and justifiably so. The tower, which is an important part of the identity of Brainerd, was decommissioned in 1960, but still remains as a beacon to visitors and locals alike.

The legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox is an important part of our heritage. Some residents speculated that this water tower was actually Paul Bunyan's golf tee or flashlight. Whether you believe that or not, take the time to visit this architectural wonder. It truly is a marvel to be appreciated.

To enjoy photos of this unique tower's construction you need only visit this site for the Crow Wing County Historical Society:

This is an amazing tower and landmark. Remember, come to Brainerd Lakes Country for awhile, come for a lifetime! We have it all, history, trails, forests, lakes, recreation, shopping, great food, beautiful golf courses, and most of all, wonderful people. The Brainerd Lakes Country is as close to heaven as you can find on Planet Earth, and oh yes, we have the world's largest golf tee.

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