Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox

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Take a photo with American legend Paul Bunyan and his companion, Babe the Blue Ox! He has statues in various states, but this particular one in his hometown of Minnesota is the oldest. It was built in 1937, and it harks back to an even further past. The frontier and Northwest logging regions echoed with folktales, like the accounts of Paul Bunyan, from around the campfire. Back when European settlers were still scouting the vast landscape of this New World, they told stories of a great lumberjack who was as big as a mountain and strong as a bear. His footprints formed the Thousand Lakes of Minnesota, and he accidentally carved out the Grand Canyon by dragging his ax behind him. A running theme throughout the countless narratives is how he braved unforgiving environments or changed the landscape—something that resonated deeply with the tale-telling loggers.


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300 Bemidji Avenue North, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

+1 800 458 2223
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