Nobody in the logging camp really had much to say about it, being thoughtful fellas like they were, but most had spent a good bit of time rolling the whole darned thing around in their heads a few times, that’s for sure!
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Tall Tales
Explore a multitude of funny, factual, even somewhat fallible tales about Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and the other Minnesota Lake Country characters from days gone by. Just click the title links below to read each local legendary gem!
Everybody knows about Paul Bunyan creating the Kingdom of North Dakota. Yessir, seems ol’ Paul’d been hired by the King of Sweden to clear the trees and rid the place of stumps so as to make a good farming place for Swedish fellers wanting to grow crops here in America. Ol’ Paul never could tell what the King’s name was, so scribbly was his writing, and it looked different every time Paul got a letter from him. Paul took to calling him ‘the King of Fifty Names’.
Hilmer had a bit of a mischievous streak that he’d worked hard to keep under control, but this particular spring, the streak took a powerful lurch and Hilmer lost control of it. Yep, right there in the garden, the streak took over.
A long, long time ago, Paul and Babe were vacationing near Pequot Lakes after sending their last load of logs down the Mississippi. Paul thought he'd try his luck at catching Notorious Nate - O' One-Eyed Jakes' cousin, a forty foot northern so mean that he was expelled from every school of fish in the five-state area. Nate had only one weakness - his love for Sunfish Sally - the sassiest, sexiest, fantail sunfish you ever did see!
A looooong time ago, when Babe and the boys and I first got here, this whole land was covered with virgin forest. The trees were so thick, you couldn’t even swing an ax without hittin’ another tree. We needed some roads, so we could get in there and start loggin’.