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               The Gilbert Lodge Blog from Brainerd, MN, USA

Brainerd, MN, USA

This famous concrete water tower dates back to 1922 in Brainerd, MN.  Yes, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train is pulling through town with a load of coal from North Dakota destined for the inland port city of Duluth, MN.  It will be loaded on a boat for transport to steel mills in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Brainerd was a railroad town at one time with repair shops that employed many people in the area. 

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November 8, 2008:  The Franklin Art Center is the old Franklin School in Brainerd, MN.  On this day, there was an open house for the community to see and visit local artists.  Greeting guests were Cleo Kuelbs and Lynn Olson singing and playing great popular music.

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On the second floor is the architectural firm of Oldham-Hirst Design.  Paul Hirst, Chief Architect of Gilbert Lodge, is seen at his desk.  He uses computer-aided design tools, but it is his sharp mind and creativity that make the difference.  Paul's work is excellent.

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The water tower at night at the intersection of Washington Street (Highway 210) and South Sixth Street (Highway 371). 

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Later that night, Chef Paula cooked up Chicken and Dumpling Soup in the Galley at Gilbert Lodge.  Great stuff!!

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