Paul Bunyan most certainly hailed from Bemidji, Minnesota. That is, unless he came from Bangor, Maine. Both cities have statues of the giant folk hero lumberjack, and both cities claim he was born there. The two cities have had a friendly rivalry for years, and that rivalry recently took another twist. The Bangor artist who created that city’s Bunyan statue announced he wanted to create a complimentary likeness of Bunyan’s sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox. Of course, Bemidji residents objected. That city already has a Babe statue, they say, and Babe was most certainly a Minnesotan. What do you think? Was the legendary Bunyan from Bangor or Bemidji — or perhaps one of the other cities that claims to be his true hometown?
Photo of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, Minnesota, by Visit Bemidji.