150 Years

Celebrating 150 Years of Brainerd                                  

Sesquicentennial Calendar

Chosen for its location on the mighty Mississippi and the Northern Pacific Railroad, Brainerd began as a dynamic and booming town   that Northern spirit has proven tried and true ever since. We are excited to honor and celebrate the past 150 years of culture, history, and people that make Brainerd home.

Join the celebration. Brainerd’s 150th Anniversary (Sesquicentennial) will be celebrated with a series of events this summer culminating in the Sesquicentennial Week September 18 - 26. From history tours showcasing the storied past of downtown Brainerd, to a time capsule event reflecting the growth and modern culture of the city, to a scavenger hunt of Brainerd’s iconic and hidden gems, local organizations are hosting fun festivities for all ages. See above for a calendar of events.

Sesquicentennial Week 150 Years Ago: September 19, 1871, Thos. H. Canfield, president of the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Company, signed a plat that had been staked out and drafted by Joseph E. Turner, Surveyor. On the 25th it was filed for record, at which time C. H. Beaulieu, Jr. [Clement H. Beaulieu, Jr., the son of the founder of Crow Wing County and Crow Wing Village], was Register for Deeds for Crow Wing County." - Brainerd "75"  1871 - 1946, page five, Carl Zapffe.

Take a Piece of History Home with You. Commemorative Sesquicentennial banners, that are posted on Washington St, South 6th St, Downtown, and Mill Ave, are available for pre-sale through Visit Brainerd

Organize or Integrate a Special Event or Promotion. If your organization or business is hosting an event or promotion for the Sesquicentennial, please email interncommunications@ci.brainerd.mn.us to be included on the calendar of events and promotional materials.

Arrive in Style. Brainerd & Crow Wing Public Transit is available for curb to curb pick up for all events occurring between 6am to 6pm Monday-Friday. To schedule a ride, call 218-825-7433 (RIDE) or visit the transit webpage.   

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