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Paul Bunyan Statues: Various Locations

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Paul Bunyan
Bangor, ME
The 31 foot tall Bangor Bunyan was built in 1959 of steel-reinforced fiberglass and weighs 3,700 pounds. He cost about $20,000 to build. I believe that this statue was the inspiration for the original International Fiberglass' Paul Bunyan statue.

The cobblestone base has a time capsule from 1959 inside which is scheduled to be opened in 2084. Folks in Maine claim Paul Bunyan as their son, saying that he was born in Bangor in 1834. In the late 19th century, Bangor was considered the Lumber Capital of the World. There is a community effort to install a statue of Babe behind the Bunyan statue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Portland, OR

2008:

2015:
The Paul Bunyan statue is 31 feet tall and is made of steel and plaster. He was built in 1959 as a tribute to the timber industry for Oregon's Centennial Exposition. In 2009, this statue was repainted and added to the National Register of Historic Places. By 2015, the paint had faded quite a bit. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Paul Bunyan [gone]
Sevierville, TN
Ralph Bunyan
Butte Falls, OR
The Paul Bunyan in Wears Valley was not all that big but it was a nice wood carved statue. This photo is from 2005. By 2011, the statue was gone.

This statue of Ralph Bunyan, Paul Bunyan's little brother, was carved by Bill Edmondson. The statue is about six feet tall. It has been located in the city's park since at least the mid-1990s. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Albuquerque, NM
2012: 2017:
The Paul Bunyan statue in Albuquerque was installed here in the early 1960s. The building next to it originally housed the Duke City Lumber Company. The business then became a hardware store. The building has housed the May Cafe for many years now. During a storm in 2014, the lower arms and axe were ripped off the statue. The restaurant plans to repair it. However, as of 2017, the statue was still in disrepair. This statue might have been modeled after International Fiberglass' Paul Bunyan statues. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
University Park, IL
This 30 foot tall Paul Bunyan was installed in 2006 at Governors State University. According to the artist Tony Tasset, "the traditional tall tale of Paul Bunyan is an allegory of American optimism, power, and consequence. This Paul is a traditional icon projected into current time. Paul has been forced to grow up."

Paul Bunyan [gone]
Oaks, PA
This chubby Paul Bunyan stood in front of Arnold’s Family Fun Center. The statue is about 16 feet tall. These photos were taken in 2010. By 2012, the statue was gone.

Paul Bunyan
Buffalo, NY
This Paul Bunyan statue is identical to the statue that was in Oaks described above. This one came from Crystal Beach Amusement Park in Ontario, Canada. The statue was auctioned off in 1989 after the park closed. This statue was purchased by the Phil Arida who owns a Christmas tree business which sets up shop every holiday season next to Anderson's Frozen Custard. The statue has been installed there every year since Arida bought it. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

There appears to have been a seated version of this statue in Wildwood, NJ in the 1960s. There was also a seated version at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT.

There is or was another one of these statues at Nelly Bly Park in Brooklyn, NY. The amusement park is now known as Adventurers Amusement Park. I don't know if the statue is still there.

Paul Bunyan & Babe
Nitro, WV
These Paul Bunyan and Babe statues are located at Town & Country Supply. They were previously located at the Paul Bunyan Eatery at a truck stop in Hurricane, WV. After that, they were installed at the fairgrounds in Eleanor, WV. These photos are from 2012. [map]

There are identical Paul Bunyan statues like these at Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty in Wisconsin Dells, WI and elsewhere.

Paul Bunyan
North Las Vegas, NV
This Paul Bunyan was made from the same mold as the statue shown above. It stands in front of Lumberjacks Restaurant. This location opened in 2012. There are nine other locations in California. I believe many or all of them have these statues. [map]

Paul Bunyan and Babe [gone]
Doylestown, PA
The Doylestown Bunyan and Babe stood in front of Bright's Firewood & Mulch. They were carved wood sculptures. These photos are from 2005. By 2012, the statues were gone.

Paul Bunyan and Babe
Forest City, IA
These Paul Bunyan and Babe statues were concealed behind bushes when these photos were taken in 2009. Does anyone know how long they have been here or what their history is? The Paul Bunyan is a wood carving while the Babe is a fiberglass statue like these. [map]

More Paul Bunyan Statues:
Paul Bunyan sign (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
Paul Bunyan (Bellingham, MA)
Earl Bunyan (Paul's brother) (New Town, ND) [map]
Enchanted Forest (Old Forge, NY)
Paul Bunyan (Tupper Lake, NY) [map]
Paul Bunyan sign (Shelton, WA) [vintage; gone]
Paul Bunyan & Babe: 1, 2, 3 (Eleanor, WV)
Paul Bunyan & Babe (Blind River, Ontario, Canada) [vintage; gone]
Paul Bunyan (location unknown)

Paul Bunyan Statues Main Page

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