Two Harbors, Minnesota: Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur
A giant canoe-paddler statue recalls a time when French explorers navigated the wilderness waterways. Without pants. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [12/23/2008]
Visitor Tips and News About Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur
Pierre is upright, gives a little talk on the history of Voyageurs like himself, and has a new canoe you can sit in for a photo opp. He also has his paddle.[R. Scott Jones, 08/17/2012]
A construction crew hacked Pierre out of the ground on February 11 in preparation for his move to his new home. They had to decapitate Pierre, and in the process of lifting him they tore off his feet. On Valentine's Day he'll be trucked 1.5 miles south to his new home, outside the Earthwood Inn, where he'll lie on the ground until it thaws in the Spring. Pierre's new owners have pledged to fully restore Pierre when he's re-erected.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 02/12/2011]
This will likely be Pierre's last season on his current spot. The property, which Pierre pantslessly guarded for 50 frozen Minnesota winters, has been sold out from under him. He will have to be moved, probably in Spring 2011. Where is anyone's guess, although the landlord reportedly has taken bids only from local people.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/19/2010]
Giant statue of Mountain Man not wearing any pants! Looks like he's wearing leg warmers and moccasins, but NO PANTS!
He's next to a small motel, imagine looking at that thing when you get up in the morning. He's on a parking lot, no signs or anything to tell you who he is. He just stands there facing the highway in town.[Eve Schrank, 06/28/2006]
We've seen this racy guy in Two Harbors before, in front of the old Voyageur Motel. The statue is a "Voyageur," a typical French trader who traveled by canoe in the region before white settlers arrived in force. His name is Pierre, 20-ft. tall and molded in fiberglass. He once held a large canoe paddle. A number of other Voyageur statues can be found in northern Minnesota.