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Bemidji, Minnesota: Fireplace of States

In chilly Bemidji, you can tour the rocks of every U.S. state without leaving a warm fireplace. And see Paul Bunyan's boxer shorts.

300 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, MN
Inside the Bemidji Tourist Information Center. On the east (lake) side of Hwy 197/Bemidji Ave. N. at its intersection with 3rd St. NW.
M-F 8-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Fireplace of States.

Fireplace of States

Inside the Bemidji Visitors Center (very close to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues). The fireplace looks fairly ordinary if you aren't looking for it. Nice little park on the lake outside. Worth a stop if you're the neighborhood, but don't go out of your way just for this!

[Agent Summer, 07/05/2017]

Giant ax.

Fireplace of States

Lots of Bunyan artifacts to see! The museum also has very nice bathrooms and a small gift shop.

[LamFam, 06/18/2017]

Fireplace of States.

Fireplace of States

The Fireplace of States was constructed in 1934-35 by the WPA. It features stones from every state in the union, as well as Minnesota counties and Canadian provinces. It was moved in 1995 from the old Bemidji Civic and Commerce Association building to its current location inside of the Bemidji Tourist Information Center, right on Lake Bemidji, across from the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues.

The center also features dozens of Paul Bunyan artifacts, such as his shotgun, toothpicks, and boxer shorts.

[BS Meyer, 01/09/2014]

Our favorite old story about the Fireplace of States is that it's missing one Canadian province, but that no one can remember which one because all the identifying tags fell off years ago.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Boxy Bunyan and Babe StatuesBoxy Bunyan and Babe Statues, Bemidji, MN - < 1 mi.
Niiemii - Dancing IndianNiiemii - Dancing Indian, Bemidji, MN - < 1 mi.
Nanobouzou, Bunyan's Muffler Man FoeNanobouzou, Bunyan's Muffler Man Foe, Bemidji, MN - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Mississippi River Starts Here, Park Rapids, MN - 22 mi.

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