The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Woodsy Weekends

Load up on bug spray, bait, and bungee cords, lash the canoe to the car roof, and head into the wild.

Trace the Roots of Paul's Family Tree

Now that Paul Bunyan has retired from his illustrious logging career, here’s where to find him and his entourage.
Map of Paul Bunyan landmarks

{1} PAUL BUNYAN'S GRAVE Pay your respects at Paul’s headstone in Kelliher, which reads, “Here lies Paul, and that’s all.’’

{2} PAUL BUNYAN AND BABE THE BLUE OX  Paul and Babe were built in 1937 on the shores of Lake Bemidji. Check out Paul’s toothbrush, his fishing pole, a pencil, a pair of scissors, and his baby moccasins at the visitor center.

{3} PAUL BUNYAN'S BIRTHPLACE Stop in Akeley to see Paul’s cradle and his 28-pound minnow.

{4} PAUL BUNYAN'S SWEETHEART Visit Hackensack to meet Lucette Diana Kensack, Paul’s 17-foot sweetheart, and their son, Paul Bunyan Junior. Lest you’re wondering about the love child, the couple’s marriage license was discovered in 2001.

{5} PAUL BUNYAN THE SMALLER At only 13 feet tall, this pocket-sized Paul in Pequot Lakes is small by lumberjack standards.

{6} PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL Explore 110 miles of paved trails between Brainerd/Baxter and Hackensack, all dedicated to Paul.

{7} PAUL BUNYAN THE YOUNGER In 1950, a 27-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue was installed in Brainerd, which began promoting itself as Paul Bunyan’s Playground. In 2003, Paul, his 23-foot Babe, and Sport the Reversible Dog moved out of town to Paul Bunyan Land, where Paul winks, speaks, and calls visitors by name.

{8} PAUL BUNYAN SCENIC BYWAY Drive 54 miles of county roads through northern Crow Wing
County and explore his legacy.

Drive 54 miles of county roads through northern Crow Wing County and explore his legacy.

When Paul’s faithful companion needed a Babe-alicious watering hole, Paul created the Great Lakes.


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