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PAUL BUNYAN & BABE THE BLUE OX
Bemidji, Minnesota
Contributed by Rod & Judy Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe

Rod leaning against Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan and his large blue companion Babe really get around. Various towns claim to be his birthplace. Bangor, Maine and Bemidji, Minnesota seem to be the most resolute in their defense of this claim. This roadside attraction on the shore of Lake Bemidji has drawn photographers in droves since its erection in 1936. Cyril M. Dickinson and Jim Payton are credited with creating this popular photo op. Paul Bunyan is nearly 20 feet tall. Babe measures in at 10, and he's almost 23 feet long.

Paul Bunyan & Babe
Rod Ness

Judy with Babe the Blue Ox

Another likeness of the big lumberjack in Minnesota

Legendary stories about Paul and Babe

And just so you know: Bemidji is also known as the Curling Capital of the USA and home to the 2006 Olympic champions.

Paul and Babe Web Cam (Are we expecting them to walk away?)

Location:
Paul Bunyan Park
300 Bemidji Avenue N (at Third Street)
Bemidji, MN 56601

Photographed by Rod & Judy Ness 6/07/08
Posted on RoadTrip America 6/08



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