Ortonville Travel Blog› entry 13 of 17 › view all entries
I had to keep playing tourist so I took a photo by the Minnesota state sign, too, even though I live there. I drove up to see Paul Bunyon’s anchor - a giant rock where someone thought it would be cute to say it was from the legendary woodcutter.
For those who don’t know the legend of Paul Bunyon, he was a legendary (mythological) giant lumberjack:
He was so large it took 3 storks to deliver him to his parents.
He grew so fast he had to wear his father's clothes after one week.
He outgrew his cradle, so his parents put him on a raft off the coast of Maine. The waves he creating while rocking in his sleep caused many ships to capsize and sink.
His parents give him Babe, the Blue Ox as a pet for his 1st birthday.
He was so large, his foot steps filled with water to form all those lakes in Minnesota (more than 10,000!).
No grindstone was large enough to grind his axe, so he sharped it by holding it against large stones rolling down a hill.
Paul smoked a pipe and blew his smoke to the west to keep his forest air fresh. That caused the smog out west.
Everytime Babe needed new shoes, they had to open a new iron mine.
Paul carved the Grand Canyon when he dragged his axe behind him.
And so on...