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Minnesota Marvels

Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes

Eric Dregni
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 364
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    Minnesota Marvels
    Book Description:

    Only in Minnesota can you snap a Polaroid of a fifty-five-foot-tall grinning green man with a size seventy-eight shoe or marvel at the spunk of a Swede who dedicated his life to spinning a gigantic ball of twine. Minnesota Marvels is a tour of the inspired, bizarre, sometimes gruesome, brilliant, scandalous, and funny sites around the state. Conveniently organized by town name and illustrated throughout, Minnesota Marvels is the perfect light-hearted guide for entertaining road trips. _x000B_

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9185-2
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xvii)
  3. Map of Minnesota Marvels
    (pp. xviii-xxii)
  4. Minnesota Marvels by Region
    (pp. xxiii-xxvi)
  5. Author’s Note
    (pp. xxvii-xxvii)
    Eric Dregni
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxviii-xxviii)
  7. Introduction
    (pp. xxix-xxx)

    Minnesotans are usually a soft-spoken bunch. Our state muffin is blueberry, our state fish is the tasty walleye, and our state flower is the precious showy lady slipper. We don’t interrupt; we always say “please” and “thank you”; we never brag; and when we don’t agree, we just smile and nod. This is called “Minnesota Nice.”

    The book you’re holding is not about this mythical pleasantness. Instead it tries to shed light on another side of our beloved state: the inspired, bizarre, sometimes gruesome, brilliant, scandalous, and funny sites around Minnesota. After all, our state does have a lot to...

  8. Minnesota Marvels
    (pp. 1-280)

    The story of Paul Bunyan’s birth has yet to be written—perhaps the delivery of a giant doesn’t make for a good yarn. Suffice it to say that Paul Bunyan’s enormous umbilical cord was cut in the northern town of Akeley. Although Bemidji claims to be the birthplace of the world’s greatest lumberjack, the proof is Paul’s colossal cradle, which can be found in a small manger in the center of Akeley.

    Paul’s story was first put to paper by scribes for the Red River Lumber Company in Akeley in 1914, near the end of the heyday of Minnesota lumbering....

  9. Minnesota Events
    (pp. 281-316)

    Claiming the unusual title of the “Fish House Capital of the World,” Aitkin sponsors the annual fish house parade down Main Street (Highway 210) at the beginning of the winter fishing season. Minnesota has nearly ninety thousand licensed ice shacks, and every year the cavalcade grows with ever more bizarre and interesting designs.

    Although many lakes dot the landscape around Aitkin, most fish houses head for Minnesota’s premier walleye lake: Mille Lacs. More than five thousand ice shacks a year are carried onto the enormous lake, usually gathered around fishing hot spots. Summer boat landings double as entrances to ice...

  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 317-320)
  11. Permissions for Photographs
    (pp. 321-322)
  12. Index
    (pp. 323-332)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 333-333)