“a gift to Bangor for its 125th anniversary”
The Paul Bunyan Statue and Birthplace is a monument built as a tribute to the mythical lumberman, Paul Bunyan. It was considered as the largest Paul Bunyan stature in the world, standing 31 feet high and weighing 3,700 pounds. The monument is built in fiberglass set over a metal frame and can withstand up to 110 mph of hurricane wind. The statue was actually a gift to Bangor for its 125th*anniversary in 1959. It was built by the Messmoo & Damon firm of New York with J. Normand Martin as its designer. According to legend, it was Paul Bunyan who created the Grand Canyon, the Puget Sound, and the Black Hills as he traveled across the United States with his blue ox, Babe.
Huge statue, but parking is hard to find. Not sure it is worth it, but worked for a stop on a day of driving to get out and walk around.
Cute to drive by. That's about it.
Fun place to visit. While we gassed up the car the rest of the group walked over and took pictures.
Posted a picture of the statue at the address listed here. Not much to see. A few blocks away is a park along the river, Bangor Waterfront Park, that has a nice walkway. I recommend stopping by there instead.
Difficult to find parking. Cool picture spot but not worth going out of your way to get here.
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