A lumberjack of tremendous size and strength, Paul Bunyan has become a folkloric character in the American psyche. It is said that he and his blue ox, Babe, were so large their footsteps created Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. Since the inception of the legend in the mid-1800s, the mythic hero has made his way into a variety of art forms, including song, theater, and children's books. His local importance is also evidenced by the giant roadside statuary found in the towns of Bemidji, Akeley, and Brainerd, Minnesota.
~Amy Pence-Brown, Boise, ID