Paul Bunyan Fascinates Folks
Paul Bunyan has been parading through America’s folksy fascination with tall tales for years. While some say the Bunyan stories got their start in late 19th century Canada, folks from post card collectors to lumber yard owners to regular joes, thumb their noses at that notion and point to the fact that the first printed public record of Paul Bunyan came out of Detroit, Michigan, in 1910. Only a few years passed, and Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin, even California and New York, had grabbed onto the Bunyan magic, with many cities claiming him as their home-town boy for one reason or another.
So, it’s no surprise that Paul Bunyan stories can still grab the attention of a crowd. In fact, enthusiasm for the Paul Bunyan legacy here in our Lakes area continues to grow every year!
Because of this growing Bunyan enthusiasm, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association now has three people who play the Paul Bunyan character at various community events. The original Paul Bunyan, Wayne Chamberlain, has been familiar to Bunyan groupies for almost ten years. Newer Paul Bunyan characters are Rod Nelson who performed at the Lion’s Club Mid-winter Convention in Breezy Point this year and recently in the Crosslake, St. Patrick’s Day parade, and Brian Peterson, whose next appearance will be at the Pequot Lakes Library’s Preschool Pajama Night on Thursday, March 31 from 6pm-7:15pm.
Brian, in full Bunyan costume, will be reading Paul Bunyan stories, telling a few tall-tales and giving out free Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association maps and brochures.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) encourages Byway area families to enjoy Paul Bunyan at his upcoming appearance at the Pequot Lakes Library and invites everyone who has caught the lumberjack excitement to visit the PBSBA’s Paul Bunyan Exhibit Room located in the Administration Building at the Crosslake USACE Campground and Recreation Area.