Brainerd was founded in 1870, when the Northern Pacific Railroad's survey determined that its Mississippi River crossing should be located here. Organized as a city three years later, the fledgling community was given the maiden name of Ann Eliza (Brainerd) Smith, wife of the Northern Pacific's first president, John Gregory Smith. As the city grew, it attained prominence as the railroad and wood products center in north central Minnesota. Extensive railroad shops and yards and sawmills dominated the city's industrial makeup for many years. Even today, the region's largest manufacturer is Brainerd's Potlatch Paper Company, and the railroad ranks as the city's twelfth largest employer.
The population in the
Brainerd lakes area is steadily
increasing, and the population doubles during the summer tourist season.
There are more than 400 spectacular lakes that dot the central lakes
area landscape. Fishing,
boating and other types of
watersports are popular
recreational activities. If you're an expert or amateur
golfer, the Brainerd lakes area boasts more than 450
holes. You can golf several championship courses created by the game's top
Canoeing, biking, horseback riding,
and downhill skiing
are just some of the terrific recreational sports enjoyed in the
Brainerd lakes area. Stay at one of over 130
during your visit, conference,
or next family vacation. With a variety of
choices such as, bed and
stay accommodations and private
homes to rent, you're sure to find lodging
that suits you and your families vacation needs.
Brainerd Lakes Real Estate
If you're relocating in
use of the
Lakes Area Real Estate Guide featuring an extensive list of
homes, lake homes, cabins, resorts and commercial property. Complete
listings from Brainerd, Baxter, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes,
Pine River and Cross Lake. Some of the nicest lake property in
Minnesota - Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, Bay Lake and many more.
Relocate to Brainerd Minnesota. Also, real
estate developers of townhomes, land, homes, or businesses.
Brainerd Lakes Area Businesses
While in the Brainerd Lakes Area,
check out some of the 3,500 businesses.
The lakes area businesses are booming - including numerous services,
sales, transportation, radio, shopping, fine
dining, bike shuttles, and rentals to name a few.
The Brainerd Lakes Area's abundant
natural resources mean recreation is everywhere. Almost
lakes provide swimming, skiing, fishing and boating opportunities like no other place in
State forests and public lands in our area are available for
biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The Paul Bunyan Trail, a partially paved trail, runs for 100 miles
and is open to bicycling, skating, snowmobiling, or just plain
walking. Play golf on some of the finest courses in the
The Lakes Area.....Your Vacation
destination! The Brainerd Lakes Area offers you the best that
Minnesota has to offer. Featuring Minnesota's Premier vacation and
resort properties. Take a look through the site then pack your bags
and come visit us!!
Brainerd Lakes Vacationland