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Paul Bunyan Statues: Brainerd & Baxter, MN

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Paul Bunyan
Brainerd, MN
This standing Paul Bunyan and Babe statues were created in 1935. They were made from wood, chicken wire, and cement. In 2002, the tree was added to support Paul's arm which had broken off. The statues were restored by Josh Porter in 2007. In 2014, the statues were removed for restoration. It is not known where or when the statues will be reinstalled. For more, see this website.

Paul Bunyan
Brainerd, MN
Paul Bunyan & Babe
Baxter, MN (now Rocky Mount, NC)
This seated Paul Bunyan is 11 1/2 foot tall. It is located at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. The statue was created in 2005 by Josh Porter of Avalon Sculpture. [map]

This Baxter Paul Bunyan & Babe were located at Paul Bunyan Bowl. The bowling alley has closed and these statues are now located at Log Cabin Homes in Rocky Mount, NC. Babe holds some bowling pins in her mouth. Paul holds a bowling ball and has Nike logos on his boots. The Paul Bunyan statue was produced by International Fiberglass. This Bunyan statue was originally located in Sullivan, MO. Babe was apparently modeled after the one at the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center (see above). The bowling alley was owned by the same family that owned the Amusement Center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [2008 photo thanks Mark Comstock] [map]

Paul Bunyan Land
Brainerd, MN

Talking Paul Bunyan

Babe
Babe Head
Sport the Reversible Dog
These statues at Paul Bunyan Land were previously located at the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in Brainerd. The Paul Bunyan Amusement Center was originally known as Paul Bunyan Playground when it opened in 1950. The main attraction was this 26 foot tall Paul Bunyan statue. The statue was originally built for the 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair. It bears a striking resemblance to the Lincoln Memorial. In 1978, the statue got a new shirt and head which enabled him to blink and move his mouth to talk. His arms also move. See this video to hear and see Paul in action.

The Babe statue was located in the parking lot at Paul Bunyan Amusement Center. When the place closed in 2003, the Paul Bunyan, Babe and several other statues were relocated to This Old Farm Pioneer Village. The new area was named Paul Bunyan Land. The Babe Head came from Paul Bunyan Bowl in Baxter (see above). It was located inside and blew steam from its nose. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

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