The Bemidji Belle & Dixie Belle

By P. J. Reynolds (exclusive online content to accompany The Depot Express newsletter, Summer 2014) Bemidji has changed a lot over the years. Tons of tourist attractions have come and gone, but there is one attraction that many old timers will always remember: the Bemidji Belle and the Dixie Belle. During the 1950s the Bemidji Belle and the Dixie Belle were very popular tourist attractions. They used to sit at a dock which was at the water front near the Paul and Babe statue. The Bemidji Belle was a 66 foot knotty pine stern-wheeler. It was launched on May 21, 1953, its captain being Don Holmes. It held up to 125 passengers. While they snacked and listened to music from either a jukebox or live […]