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International Fiberglass Paul Bunyan Statues (page 1)

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The International Fiberglass Paul Bunyan statues are 20 feet tall. The mold for this statue was produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals in 1963. That original statue is believed to still exist in Flagstaff, AZ (see below). It's not known how many of these statues were produced by Prewitt. Around 1963, Steve Dashew bought the company and founded International Fiberglass. The popularity of the Paul Bunyan statues led him to create numerous other variations. For more, see this website.

These Paul Bunyan statues were most commonly accessorized with axes. They could easily be turned into Golfers by adding golf clubs or Cowboys with Cowboy hats. This accessory list shows just some of the options available to customers.

The standard Paul Bunyan statue features a knit cap with a tassel which is tucked behind the statue's right ear. The statue wears a short-sleeved, open-necked dress shirt with buttons. His pants have four suspenders buttons at the top and are tucked into high, laced boots. The statues were most often painted with a yellow cap, red shirt, blue pants, and black boots. However, they could be painted in whatever colors the customer wanted. The statue's hand position is usually right palm up, left palm down. However, the customer could order the hands in any position.

This lengthy section is organized alphabetically by the state these statues are located in.

Paul Bunyan
Flagstaff, AZ
Little Louie
Flagstaff, AZ
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These two Paul Bunyan statues were originally installed at the Lumberjack Cafe. When the restaurant became Granny's Closet in 1973, these statues were moved to Northern Arizona University and repainted in the school's colors. The statue that stands just outside NAU's Skydome is known as "Louie". It is believed that this statue was built in 1963 or 1964 and was the first Paul Bunyan ever produced. It was originally built by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals for someone in Sacramento that never paid for it. The Lumberjack Cafe bought the second Paul Bunyan statue by 1966. That one is now installed inside the Skydome. This statue has a Paul Bunyan style head but pants down to his ankles. The NAU football team is known as The Lumberjacks. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [third photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The ten foot tall carved wooden Little Louie statue was built in the 1960s. It was installed with the Paul Bunyan statues in front of the Lumberjack Cafe. There were several other carved wooden statues as well including a cowboy and a Mexican. Those statues appear to be from the same hand as this one. In 2009, the statue was completely restored and moved to a display platform. By 2012, the statue was dressed to pay tribute to the military. In 2016, Granny's Closet closed. In 2017, it was announced that the statue would be moved to the Museum Club in town. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Phoenix, AZ

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2012:
2017:
This Paul Bunyan statue was originally installed at a gas station in San Francisco. Don Parks bought the statue in 1969 and moved it to Phoenix. At that point, the statue's feet were cut off. Parks added new feet and a base. Many of these fiberglass statues were cemented in place for stability which required sawing off their feet when they were moved. That was most likely the case with this statue. The statue's right eye was also damaged at some point.

At some point, Parks sold the statue to a shoe store. When the store closed, the statue was sold to Lumberjack Building Materials. The photos from 2006 above were taken there. When the lumber store closed, Parks bought the statue again. In 2007, it was moved to his front yard where it is part of his collection of fiberglass statues and other objects. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Tucson, AZ

2012:

2017:
This Paul Bunyan statue was installed here at Don's Hot Rod Shop in 1964. In 2011, the statue was repainted. In 2013, a small brick wall was built around the statue. There is also an International Fiberglass Cowboy statue in Tucson. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Los Angeles, CA
This Paul Bunyan statue stands behind the fence at Orozco Locks & Key Service. His nickname "Sergio" is written on his chest. This statue has been here since at least 1997. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Mentone, CA
Paul Bunyan
Van Nuys, CA
This Paul Bunyan statue in Mentone is located in the front yard of a residence. The owner purchased the statue in 1983. The statue's right arm was missing and was reconstructed from a mold of his left arm. There are other statues and artwork on display as well. For more, see this website. [map]

The Paul Bunyan statue in Van Nuys is mounted high on a pole in front of Tune Up Masters. In 2001, his beard was painted over by new owners. This statue has been here since at least the 1970s when there was a tire store here. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Ventura, CA
This Paul Bunyan statue is believed to have originally been located at a Giant Auto Parts in Port Hueneme, CA in the 1960s. It is believed that the statue held a muffler then. When the store closed, it was stashed in a sign shop yard for a few years. From the 1970s-1980s, the statue was located at Foster Park in Ventura, CA. The statue held an axe at that time. From the 1980s-1990s, the statue was installed at the Rancho Arnaz produce stand in Ventura. It then was moved to private property. In 2017, the statue was sold and restored. A replacement axe has been created. While the statue is located on private property, it can be seen from the road. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Cheshire, CT
This Paul Bunyan statue beat local zoning laws by holding a flag. It was considered a flagpole rather than a sign. Originally, the statue stood in front of tire stores in Bristol and Plainville, CT. He was moved here in the late 1970s. At that time, the owners of House of Doors operated a tree service so the Paul Bunyan was an appropriate advertisement. In 2006, his upper torso was either removed or fell off. The pants in the first photo were still standing by themselves in 2007. By 2009, the statue was completely restored. His flagpole now resembles just a piece of pipe. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

In 2008, the House of Doors purchased another Paul Bunyan statue for their Salem, CT location. However, city zoning prohibited displaying the statue. It was still laying on its back behind the Cheshire store in 2016. This statue was previously located in Bridger, MT.

Paul Bunyan
Leesburg, GA (now Tampa, FL)
This Paul Bunyan statue was located in Leesburg, GA when these photos were taken in 2007. He stood in front of SJC Construction holding some sort of tool. Is that used for paving? And what about that bullet-shaped object beneath him - what is that? In 2010, he was sold and moved to Tampa, FL. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Dade City, FL
This Paul Bunyan statue was originally installed in Osage Beach, MO. It is now located at Big Mechanic, previously known as Auto Air Muffler & Brake City. The company also has two other International Fiberglass statues at other location: a former Cowboy statue in Zephyrhills and a 14 foot tall Giant Man in Tampa. [map]

Paul Bunyan [gone]
Largo, FL
Paul Bunyan
East Point, GA
This Paul Bunyan statue in Largo once stood on the roof of Webb's City in St. Petersburg, FL which closed in 1979. He held two tires even then. The statue was installed on the roof of Starkey Road Auto in 1971. These photos are from 2005. The store closed around 2012 but the statue was still there in 2014. In 2015, the statue was removed. Someone spotted the statue on a trailer. It's not known where it was going. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Paul Bunyan statue in Atlanta is located at the Boyd & Sons Tire Co. [map]

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