Today is Paul Bunyan Day! Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known
heroes in American folklore. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful
companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in
the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was a
giant man with incredible physical strength. He single-handedly
established the logging industry, cleared North Dakota of its forests,
dug out Lake Superior, and even trained carpenter ants to help his
A young woman named K. Bernice Stewart was the first person to write
down the original Bunyan tales. Stewart collected the stories from local
loggers while studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Today,
Paul Bunyan is mentioned in more than 1,000 books and has become one of
the most widespread icons in American culture.
To celebrate Paul Bunyan Day, read one of the original Bunyan tales!
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