Unknown. Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack of North American folklore originating around 1906. Stories vary as to the true origin of this “giant man with incredible strength.” Some say his character originated in the 1800s in the Midwest during “tall tales” that were told at the time. Paul is to have founded the logging industry and to have trained carpenter ants to help loggers. He also scooped out the Great Lakes, cleared North and South Dakota for farming, and Babe the Blue Ox’s footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate Paul Bunyan Day by visiting one of many larger than life Paul Bunyan statues in Bemidji, Minnesota; Bangor, Maine; Rumford, Maine; Westwood, California; Del Norte County, California; St. Ignace, Michigan; Ossineke, Michigan; Enchanted Forest Water Safari, New York; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; or Minocqua, Wisconsin. You could visit Paul Bunyan Land amusement park in Brainerd, Minnesota. You could also read about Paul Bunyan or watch something about him (Disney’s Paul Bunyan – 1958)
To celebrate this day, we selected the 1959 Paul Bunyan Beer Can. On the can we see Paul Bunyan with his ax standing tall above any trees in sight.
Happy Paul Bunyan Day (6/28)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com