Paul Bunyan Statue

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This article is about single statues of Paul Bunyan. For the pair of statues in Bemidji, Minnesota, see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
Paul Bunyan Statue
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Paul Bunyan Statue is located in Portland, Oregon
Paul Bunyan Statue
Location SW corner of N Denver Ave. and N Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°35′02″N 122°41′12″W / 45.583817°N 122.686598°W / 45.583817; -122.686598Coordinates: 45°35′02″N 122°41′12″W / 45.583817°N 122.686598°W / 45.583817; -122.686598
Area Less than 1 acre[2]
Built 1959[2]
Architectural style Novelty architecture
NRHP Reference # 08001393[1]
Added to NRHP January 28, 2009[1]

There are a number of Paul Bunyan Statues on display in the United States, the most famous of which is in Portland, Oregon, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Portland, Oregon[edit]

Paul Bunyan Statue is a 31-foot (9.4 m)-tall concrete and metal sculpture of mythical logger Paul Bunyan in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States. It was built in 1959 to commemorate the centennial of Oregon's statehood during the Centennial Exposition and International Trade Fair, which was held in the Kenton area. The sculpture was originally prominently placed at the intersection of North Interstate Avenue (then U.S. Route 99) and North Argyle Street, and now stands at the corner of North Interstate and North Denver.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2009.[1]

The statue was the Highlighted Property of the Week when the National Park Service released its weekly list of February 6, 2009.[3]

Bangor, Maine[edit]

Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine

Another 31-foot (9.4 m) statue can be found in Bangor, Maine. Standing since 1959, it weights 3700 pounds.[4] The statue is shown with a large ax in one hand, and a peavey in the other hand, and is the largest statue of Paul Bunyan in the world.[4]

Klamath, California[edit]

At the Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California there is a 49-foot (15 m) tall Statue of Paul Bunyan."[5]


Smaller (although still larger than life) statues can also be found in the Minnesota towns of Akeley, Bemidji, and Brainerd as well as Manistique, Michigan; Ossineke, Michigan; Muncie, Indiana; and Lakewood, Wisconsin.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/26/09 through 1/30/09". New listings. National Park Service. February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Oregon State Historic Preservation Office staff, Maiya Martin, and Bette Davis Nelson (March 19, 2008). National Register of Historic Places Registration: Paul Bunyan Statue (pdf). National Park Service.  (44 pages, including maps and photos)
  3. ^ a b c Bahr, Jeff (2009). Amazing and Unusual America. Chicago, Illinois, USA: Publications International, Ltd. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-1-4127-1683-3. 
  4. ^ Places you can spot Paul Bunyan this summer, Today, June 28, 2012.

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