Legion of lumberjacks: Celebrate National Paul Bunyan Day around the state

By Bria Barton
The Bemidji Pioneer
June 27, 2020
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

BEMIDJI — It’s pretty obvious that Minnesotans can’t get enough of Paul Bunyan. Our love and pride for the over-sized, burly lumberjack is apparent in towering statues found along roadsides and in the businesses, trails and byways that bear his iconic name. Across America and Canada, the folk hero’s renown is as large as he was. … the most popular detail of his tall tale recalls the legend that Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were created by his footprints — as well as those belonging to his trusty sidekick Babe the Blue Ox — which filled with water as they explored the state. Nowadays, the height of logging days may well be over, but the legend of the colossal lumberjack lives on each year, particularly on June 28, which is National Paul Bunyan Day.

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