Alpena, Michigan: Kaiser Paul - Bunyan Made of Car Parts

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Alpena Community College

Address:
666 Johnson St., Alpena, MI
Directions:
North edge of town, a half mile east of US Hwy 23, just off Johnson St. on the campus of Alpena Community College. He stands next to the college's Park Arena.
Admission:
Free
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Kaiser Paul - Bunyan Made of Car Parts
Now over 50 years old, Paul is the mascot of Alpena Community College. He's built of old Kaiser auto parts salvaged from Detroit junkyards. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Paul Bunyan.

Kaiser Paul - Bunyan Made of Car Parts

Kaiser Paul was a little hard to find. He's not up against the road like the neighboring Giant Eagle Head. He's in a clearing in the back of the parking lot on the left side of the college buildings. There is a pile of logs beside him that makes him appear that his right foot is on top of them and a sign mentioning the 2014 refinishing. He's much taller then I thought he would be. Neat to read the past history about this sculpture!

[Ducks5921, 09/13/2018]

Paul Bunyan.

Paul Bunyan - The Journey

After the Gaylord gas station where it stood was closed, the Paul Bunyan statue was acquired by Glen Catt (then owner of the Glen's Market supermarket chain) and moved to a different Gaylord, Michigan location. It was about to be torn down and it was acquired by a Grayling real estate company in the late 1970s...and then moved to Grayling, Michigan, where it stood along the I-75 business route. It was then acquired by Alpena Community College and relocated to the college, where it now stands.

I know this because I was a reporter for the Gaylord newspaper and did a story about its relocation to Grayling. Just a few years ago we did another story about its newest location in Alpena.

[Frank Michels, 08/30/2011]
Auto Parts Paul Bunyan

RA.com Note: Perhaps it's a transcription error, but we recorded shooting a photo of the Car Parts Bunyan in Grayling, about 30 miles south of Gaylord on I-75, in 1991. Anyone know if he spent time there?

The Auto Parts Paul was indeed located in GRAYLING, Michigan, having moved to Alpena in June or July of 1998, shortly after I moved to Grayling in June, 1998. I started coming to Grayling as a kid, when my aunt and uncle moved there. Paul always greeted us as we came into town off of I-75. I was told that it was originally from Gaylord, but I guess it was in Grayling far longer than it was in Gaylord. Sadly, the location of the statue is now an empty lot, going on 13 years now.

[Rob Burg, 07/14/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Bald Eagle HeadBig Bald Eagle Head, Alpena, MI - < 1 mi.
Maritime Center, Century of ShipwrecksMaritime Center, Century of Shipwrecks, Alpena, MI - < 1 mi.
Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric ZooDinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo, Ossineke, MI - 11 mi.
In the region:
Wreck of the Joseph S. Fay, Rogers City, MI - 36 mi.

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