Third Chief Bemidji statue.
Third Chief Bemidji statue.

Chief Bemidji Statue

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Bemidji, Minnesota

For over a hundred years a statue of Chief Bemidji has stood in his namesake city of Bemidji, Minnesota. A Chief carved by retired lumberjack Eric Boe had looked out over Lake Bemidjigamaug since 1952, replacing the 1898 version that had fallen apart.

In June 2015, the second Chief was moved indoors to the Beltrami County History Center (where the crumbled first statue stands) and was replaced with the third: a dignified, rather humorless (but intricately sculpted) bronze statue of a more life-like Chief Bemidji.

Chief Bemidji Statue

Beltrami County History Center

Address:
130 Minnesota Ave. SW, Bemidji, MN
Directions:
Dragged off the street in July 2014 and banished to the Beltrami County History Center. From Hwy 197/Bemidji Ave. turn west onto 2nd St. NW. Drive two blocks. Turn left onto Minnesota Ave. The History Center is at the end of the street, in the old train station.
Hours:
W-Sa 12-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
218-444-3376
Admission:
Adults $5
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