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Paul Bunyan & Babe at the Tourist Information Center

Located on the shore of Lake Bemidji stands the historic statues of the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. These towering icons proudly welcome visitors to the Tourist Information Center, a state of Minnesota Travel Affiliate. Open year round, the Tourist Information Center displays Paul Bunyan memorabilia and the nationally known historic Fireplace of States constructed using 900 rocks from every state in the union, and every province in Canada.

300 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601


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The Smithsonian Channel takes a video look at the birthplace of folk hero Paul Bunyan and his trusty ox Babe in Bemidji, Minnesota – a town that’s still proud of its lumberjack roots.

Where Paul Bunyan Was Born


Built in 1937, Eastman Kodak recognized Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox Babe that stand along the shore of Lake Bemidji near the Tourist Information Center as the second most photographed icon in the nation. To this day, thousands of visitors come to see and be photographed with the legendary Paul and Babe.

2nd Most Photographed Icon


As some stories go, the idea of building a giant statue of the town’s lumberjack son was conceived over sharing a pint (or two). 737 man hours, and 2.5 tons later, a national tourism legend was proudly born.

Building the Legend

Interview with Paul

tall Paul tales Bemidji legends

True to their Bemidji roots, this larger than life duo were known to work hard and play harder! 

The Tall Paul Tales