5 things you might not know about Paul Bunyan

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The nation is joining Minnesota on Tuesday in celebrating everyone's favorite giant north woods lumberjack on "Paul Bunyan Day."

As Minnesotans, of course, we pride ourselves in knowing lumberjack lore, but here are some things you might not have known.

Bunyan had a girlfriend

Babe the Blue Ox isn't Bunyan's only babe. Meet Lucette Diana Hackensack.

Standing at 17 feet and made of fiberglass, Lucette can be found in the town of Hackensack, between Brainerd and Walker and near the Paul Bunyan Scenic Highway. Introduced to Minnesota in 1991, Lucette was named via a contest. A runner up was "Landa Happy Waters."


He's a boater

Paul Bunyan didn't spend all his time in the woods. Being in the land of 10,000 lakes, he of course relaxed on his boat in the mouth of the Minnesota river as proven by the gigantic anchor he left there.

The enormous granite slab is the largest piece cut from the surrounding granite quarries, according to Roadside America. You can find it outside of the Big Stone County Historical Museum in Ortonville, Minnesota.


You can find him all over Minnesota

There are as many as 13 Paul Bunyan statues across Minnesota including one in the Mall of America's log ride, according to Minnesota Public Radio. California, Oregon and Maine also host large statues of the legend.

The biggest, however, is arguably in Akeley, Minnesota. This Bunyan is down on one knee, but if he stood up he would be 60 feet tall according to Roadside America.


His birthplace is disputed

Several cities across Minnesota claim to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, especially Bemidji. The dispute, however, even goes national. Residents of Bangor, Maine claim that not only was Bunyan born there, but that they even have his birth certificate on display.

The city even hosted a Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival in May full-heartedly embracing the folklore.


He single-handedly sculpted America's landscape

Whether he's dragging his axe behind him and making the Grand Canyon, or stomping through Minnesota's woods leaving 10,000 lakes in his footprints, many of the nation's greatest landmarks can be loosely attributed to the big lumberjack.

He even allegedly created Mt. Hood after piling stones on top of his campfire, according to Mental Floss.

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