Paul Bunyan and Babe
As I landed in Bemidji, MN to teach a class, I was floored to find the historical significance to this small Minnesota town. Found in 1897 the city name, Bemidji is derived from the Ojibwe word for lake, Bemejigamaug, meaning a lake with water (Mississippi River).
By 1900's the primary occupation was logging and consequently the legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox was born. The stories of Paul and Babe circulated through the logging camps and in the early 1900's the stories found their way into print. These statues of Paul and Babe were constructed in 1937. Paul is eighteen feet high and weighs in a a delicate 2.5 tons.