Brainerd, Minnesota, Resources
The city of Brainerd is located in central Minnesota. It is the seat of Crow Wing County. The city has made some historical resources available on its website.
A number of issues of two Brainerd weekly newspapers have been digitized. The Brainerd Dispatch's image database, digitized from microfilm found in library and historical society collections, covers August 2, 1883, through December 27, 1901. (A few issues are missing and were not microfilmed.) A few months of the Brainerd Tribune from 1872 have also been digitized. More issues will be added in the future. Click on the date link to open a PDF file with the newspaper pages. Scroll down the file to move from page to page.
Five photographs of Brainerd scenes are on the website.
Historical City Maps
Twelve files containing maps of Brainerd, ranging from 1871 through 1949, are in this collection. Some map files, such as the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, contain several pages of images. Click the thumbnail image to open the PDF files. Scroll down the file to move from page to page.
The Downtown Brainerd Historical Walk link provides a PDF file with a guide and maps for a walking tour of Brainerd, as well as two videos about the city's history.