From Scandia to Braham, a 47-mile walk
On Wednesday, July 30, Gammelgården Museum intern Reece Almendinger began a three-day, 47-mile walk from the museum grounds in Scandia to Braham, Minnesota.
The walk is intended to show people that if an immigrant in the 1860s needed to get somewhere important, he might need to walk, even over a great distance.
Almendinger will not have a sleeping bag or tent, bringing only the bare essentials.
He will carry his phone, so he can post to Facebook and blog about his experience and the historic places he comes across.
And when he reaches his destination, he will eat well. Braham hosts its 25th annual Pie Day on Aug. 1.
On his journey he will be dressed in an immigrant costume and have a sign on his back that reads, “Gammelgården Museum: Braham Pie Day or Bust.”
Almendinger’s plan was to leave Gammelgården at 10 a.m. July 30, visiting the historic Karl Oskar home in Lindstrom at 1 p.m. and the historic Gustaf Anderson House, also in Lindstrom, at 2 p.m. He planned to photograph himself with the statue of Karl Oskar and his wife Kristina at 3 p.m. before calling it a day at the Kost Dam Park west of North Branch at about 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 31, will see Almendinger eating breakfast in North Branch, heading north to Rush City, and arriving at the Cheewin Lodge and Delmore-Fransen House in Rush City at about 3 p.m.
Then he will cross Interstate 35 and set up camp a few miles west of Braham for the night.
He hopes to arrive in Braham by 10 a.m. There his coworkers from Gammelgarden will join him to eat pie and at 2 p.m. take him back to Scandia in a car.