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Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd

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Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park located in Brainerd, Minnesota, on This Old Farm. Its trademark is the 26-foot-tall (7.9 m) animated and talking statue of Paul Bunyan. As people enter, Paul welcomes them by name. The amusement park has 27 rides surrounded by 30 buildings.

The park, originally known as Paul Bunyan Center, was founded in 1950 in Baxter, Minnesota, by Sherm Levis. It was built around the statue of Paul that Levis and Roy Kuemicheal had purchased the previous year from the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, who constructed them for an exhibit at the Chicago Railroad Fair. The park grew over time to include over 40 rides. In 2003, the park announced that due to the high cost of operation, it would be closing and that everything would be auctioned off. However, a local family-owned business named This Old Farm was interested in keeping the entire park and bought the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox as well the rides. They moved the park onto their land six miles east of Brainerd on State Highway 18.
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  • Went end of July. I like to pick vacation spots with a major attraction in mind and this was on the list as we had already done the Dells this summer. We opted for a more secluded camping option and.....  more
    Went end of July. I like to pick vacation spots with a major attraction in mind and this was on the list as we had already done the Dells this summer. We opted for a more secluded camping option and.....  more »
  • The place is very retro with old rides and a historic town. Believe it or not the rides are good though and I have been on the best roller coasters in the USA. Kids totally loved it. It is spendier.....  more
    The place is very retro with old rides and a historic town. Believe it or not the rides are good though and I have been on the best roller coasters in the USA. Kids totally loved it. It is spendier.....  more »
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  • Brought back a lot of memories. Have to go back cause couldn't see it all in one afternoon
  • Paul Bunyan is a Minnesotan tale, and this place brings it to life! They offer a reasonable entry price that allows to to go on rides and visit This Old Farm. There's even a parade of tractors and other antique vehicles during a weekend in August. Highly recommend and being your children with too, they'll have a blast with the rides and petting barn!

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