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Brainerd, Minnesota: Babe the Blue Ox

A lumpy 1965 version, this tall tale beast of burden dutifully hauled the logs of ax-happy Paul.

This Old Farm Pioneer Village

Hwy 18, Brainerd, MN
Part of Paul Bunyan Land at This Old Farm Pioneer Village. Seven miles east of town on Hwy 18.
Statue free. Theme park charges admission
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Babe the Blue Ox.

Babe the Blue Ox

This is no longer a free attraction -- the admission cost is $18.95 a person.

[Rebecca Keeler, 04/02/2016]

The giant blue ox in the parking lot is the only thing free before entering into the theme park, which charges admission.

Babe the Blue Ox.

Babe the Blue Ox

Paul's sidekick Babe will be getting a major renovation starting July 21st, 2008. The renovation should be completed within a month's time. Babe the Blue Ox joined Paul at the now closed Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in the early 1950s.

This Babe statue was created with a steel framework wrapped in fiberglass. The statue has been patched and painted several time throughout the years and is now in need of a more complete overhaul.

Josh Porter of Avalon Studios will be the the artist in charge of the renovation. The plan is to shape and re-coat the entire statue using modern materials. Spray foam and an elastomeric resin topcoat will be used to smooth out Babe's features and seal the statue. This process will give Babe an improved look and provide a maintenance-free statue for years to come.

[Josh Porter, 07/20/2008]

Babe was built in 1965 by Jac T. Brown. He's 24 feet long, 15 feet tall, and weighs nearly two tons.

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Big Bald Eagle, Remer, MN - 49 mi.

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