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Three Rivers, California: Paul Bunyan Carved in 1941

Carved in 1941 by Carroll Barnes from a single redwood log. Stood at Camp Sequoia until 1956, then moved to the Paul Bunyan Lodge motel, then in 2001 moved to its present spot. 18 feet tall. Weighs three tons.

Three Rivers Historical Museum

42268 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers, CA
South side of the village, on the east side of Hwy 198, out front of the Three Rivers Historical Museum.
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Paul Bunyan carving, ~1951-52

Paul Bunyan Wooden Statue

The wooden Paul Bunyan originally stood at the Camp Sequoia Cafe in Three Rivers. My parents visited the cafe in either 1951 or '52 and took a photo of the statue.

[Tom D, 05/20/2019]

Paul Bunyan carving with Santa hat.

Carved Paul Bunyan

This chainsaw carving of Paul Bunyan is a couple of miles from the entrance to Sequoia National Park, on Highway 99 at Three Rivers, in front of the local museum. The fellow there said that once a year the town tree trimmer gets on his lift and puts the Santa hat on.

[John Turner, 01/11/2019]

Carved Bunyan.

Paul Bunyan Carving

Large Paul Bunyan carved statue. Sign indicates that it was carved from a single log. May have come from a nearby restaurant (though there appears to be a local legend about Paul Bunyan himself owning a nearby restaurant...)

[Adam G, 10/23/2010]
Paul Bunyan Wooden Statue

Paul Bunyan welcomes all passersby outside the entrance to the Three Rivers Historical Museum.

[Jeff, 01/19/2005]

A 16-foot-tall, somewhat unusual version of Paul Bunyan -- bare-chested and without his signature cap. Carved from redwood, he appears to have a dead animal slung across his back.

Chainsaw carved bunyan.

Paul Bunyan and his blue ox

There is a huge Paul Bunyan and his blue ox in Porterville. The Bunyan statue is in front of the Paul Bunyan Motel and the blue ox is on top of the motel's restaurant named the Blue Ox. They can be seen if you are heading North on highway 65 in Porterville.

[Stephani Stewart, 02/26/1998]

October 2005 - Anna Newman sent a photo of the chainsaw carved Bunyan when he still stood at the Paul Bunyan Motel.

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In the region:
Big Farmer, Porterville, CA - 26 mi.

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