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Barnum, Minnesota: Big Louis: 25-Foot-Tall Voyageur

Known locally as Big Louie, and he is big: 25 feet tall, weighs over a ton. Voyageurs were early fur traders who traveled by canoe through the region's lakes and waterways.

Lazy Bear Grill

3696 Main St., Barnum, MN
Lazy Bear Grill. I-35 exit 220 (Hwy 6) on the west side.
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Big Louis.

Big Louis: 25-Foot-Tall Voyageur

Big Louis -- seen in good health on Independence Day, and always available for a photo op.

[J Carter, 07/22/2023]
Big Louis: 25-Foot-Tall Voyageur

He's still there as of July 2019. He's visible from the freeway (35).

[Heather, 07/23/2019]
Big Louis: 25-Foot-Tall Voyageur

They're doing some road work in front of the grill. and Big Louis must have been taken down. Hope temporarily.

[Max Chester, 07/10/2016]

Voyageur statue.

Voyageur Statue

We stopped in Barnum, MN to see Big Louie on our way to our honeymoon destination on the Gunflint Trail.


Voyageur statue.

Voyageur Statue

The voyageurs were French fur traders who explored Minnesota and conducted commerce with the native peoples there during the 18th and early 19th centuries. There are several monuments to their presence throughout Minnesota, and this fiberglass statue is one of the more kitschy homages. It's just outside a gift shop that sells northern Minnesota and wilderness theme novelties. The shop is clearly visible from the highway; there is a big sign that reads, 'HUGE GIFT SHOP'. Upstairs from the gift shop is a restaurant that, by its own proclamation, is famous for its burgers.

[Luke Taylor, 10/27/2002]

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