Minnesota State Highway 197
|Maintained by MnDOT|
|Length||6.997 mi (11.261 km)|
|Existed||1985 – present|
|South end||U.S. 2 / U.S. 71 near Bemidji|
|North end||U.S. 2 / U.S. 71 at Bemidji|
Minnesota State Highway 197 (MN 197) is a highway in northwest Minnesota, which runs from its first interchange with U.S. Highways 2 and 71 on the southeast edge of Bemidji and continues north and then west to its second interchange with U.S. Highways 2 and 71 on the northwest edge of Bemidji.
The route is 7 miles (11 km) in length and runs through the heart of the city of Bemidji.
Highway 197 is also known as Washington Avenue, Bemidji Avenue, and Paul Bunyan Drive at various points throughout its route.
Highway 197 passes in between Lake Irving and Lake Bemidji on the south side of the city.
In the mid 1980s, the new Highway 2 / 71 four-lane bypass of Bemidji was constructed. The original route through the city was renumbered 197 at this time.
The original route through Bemidji (now 197) had been paved by the 1930s.
197 had been marked as "Highway 197 Thru City" on both ends. In 2004, the new signs no longer read "Thru City".
The entire route is in Beltrami County.
|Bemidji Township||0.000||0.000||US 2 / US 71 – Park Rapids, Grand Rapids||Interchange|
|Paul Bunyan Drive Bridge|
|US 71 – International Falls|
|6.997||11.261||US 2 west – Crookston||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Route map: Google
- Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
- Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 152–218". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 22, 2010.[self-published source]