Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are the names of a pair of large statues of the American folk hero Paul Bunyan and his ox, located in Bemidji, Minnesota. This roadside attraction has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

Built in 1937 to attract attention of passing motorists, these are similar to such structures as the Benewah Milk Bottle, the Teapot Dome Service Station, or the comparably colossal Dinosaur Park sculptures in South Dakota. These were all built in a period of time when automobile travel became increasingly affordable and popular.
This pair of statues are said by the Kodak Company to be the "second most photographed statues in the United States", behind Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
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  • Located in Paul Bunyan Park and next to the Tourist Information Center. The park is nestled along Lake Bemidji. Park has picnic tables, benches, pavillion, restrooms and playground. We parked...  more »
  • The statues are in the middle of a nice clean and well kept park that has LOTS of playground stuff that kids should really like. When my wife and i went through the park there were lots of parents...  more »
  • It's been more than thirty years since I was here last. The park that now surrounds these statutes is extraordinary. Clean. Open. Beautiful scenery. And, they even have a visitors center with all the brochures you'd ever want. The fireplace and its history are uniquely amazing. Gary was the employee on duty while we were there. He was personable, relaxed, informative, and helpful. Other than Paul and Babe, Gary was the other star.
  • Very nice. Has been around for decades. The updates are so much nicer than what they originally planned. Thank you for all who spoke out against them and made it a clean nice area! It gives easy access to the bike trail following the waterfront and also easy access to downtown.

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