Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Paul Bunyan Center - Brainerd, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan Center - Brainerd, Minnesota

Located at Brainerd, Minn., Paul is 36 feet tall and weighs 5,000 lbs. He talks, tells stories and sings lumberjack style. His size 44 cap shades his 16" moveable eyes. His broad shoulders and 18 ft. arms are protected by a size 73 shirt, which consists of 60 yards of wool-plaid material. Paul wears a size 80 boot boot with soles 5 feet long.

Paul Bunyan Center - Brainerd, Minnesota

Constructed in Kansas City, Mo. by Joe T. Bowen. Shipped in one piece by railroad flatcar over five railroads. Wight 3600 pounds, height 15 feet, length 23 feet, width between horn tips 10 feet.

The Paul Bunyan Center stood on Excelsior Lane in Brainerd, Minnesota from 1953-2003. The park closed due to the high cost of upkeep. Luckily, the items were saved and shipped to a  new area on the outskirts of Brainerd called This Old Farm/Paul Bunyan Land. Even the footprints of the Paul Statue were saved in the Kohl's parking lot that now stands at the original site. Special thanks to Electrospark for the wonderful photos from a family's trip to Paul Bunyan Center in 1956.

Giant Talking Paul Bunyan - 1956
Talking Paul Bunyan Statue

Dedicated to Kids of Vacation Land - 1956
Dedicated to the Kids of Vacation Land

Sport, the Reversible Dog, 1956
Sport, the Reversible Dog

Paul's Squirrel Henry - 1956
Paul's Squirrel Henry

The Shrine of Paul - 1956
The Shrine of Paul

Boat Ride - 1956
Boat Ride

Free Ride on Fire — 1953
Free Ride on Fire Truck

Paul Bunyan Fire Dept - 1956
Paul Bunyan's Fire Department

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