Ossineke, Michigan: 1940s Paul Bunyan and Babe

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Address:
Nicholson Hill Rd, Ossineke, MI
Directions:
At the corner of US-23 and Nicholson Hill Rd.
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1940s Paul Bunyan and Babe
Built out of concrete in the 1940s by a guy who also built a nearby dinosaur park. Paul stands 25.5 feet tall and weighs 11.5 tons. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Bunyan and Babe.

1940s Paul Bunyan and Babe

Bunyan and Babe look good; maybe they received a fresh coat of paint recently. Pass them all the time on the way to Alpena. There is a memorial right next to them, and if you want to relax and have lunch, there is a picnic table.

[bordeauxbarb, 04/29/2020]

Bunyan and Babe.

Paul Bunyan and Babe Statues

Caught these guys just after a snow on November 1 in the new location.

[Deb, 11/02/2019]

Paul Bunyan.

Paul Bunyan and Babe

Cheryl Jaworowski sent word that the concrete Paul Bunyan and Babe on Lookout Hill (technically in the town of Spruce, not Ossineke) will be moved to a public park under development in Ossineke. She notes that's where the statues originally stood when they were first built. Cheryl hoped we could verify the weight of the statues, but we're mainly trusting the claim of a postcard, circa 1960: Paul is 25 1/2 feet tall, and weighs 11 1/2 tons. Babe is 10 1/2 feet tall and weighs 4 1/2 tons. We heard the matching specs from a previous owner, who may have been quoting from the same postcard! Cheryl wrote: "How they moved 11.5 tons up this hill in the 1940s, we'll never know! Must have had a Paul Bunyan on the crew! The statues are still solid but need a paint job."

The photo shown here is from 1991. He's the only Bunyan with a loud speaker for a pocket. At the base of the statue we found this inscription: "It is a misdemeanor to deface or climb on Paul Bunyan or Babe."

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 05/22/2005]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric ZooDinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo, Ossineke, MI - < 1 mi.
3D Fish Mural3D Fish Mural, Alpena, MI - 11 mi.
Maritime Center, Century of ShipwrecksMaritime Center, Century of Shipwrecks, Alpena, MI - 12 mi.
In the region:
Animal Playground, Tawas City, MI - 45 mi.

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