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New Town, North Dakota: Earl Bunyon

Nineteen feet tall and supposedly the brother of forest gobbler Paul Bunyan. Built in 1958 by Fred and Berd LaRocque. When Fred's son, Jene, died in 2003, his ashes were buried at Earl's feet.

Hwy. 23, New Town, ND
East edge of town. On the east side of College Drive/88th Ave. NW just south of Hwy 23/1804.
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Earl Bunyan.

Earl Bunyon

Earl stands tall on the corner. Easy to spot.

[Rose Howe, 08/03/2021]
Son of statue builder buried under Earl Bunyan

Jene LaRocque, son of "Earl Bunyan" statue builder Fred LaRocque, was granted a longstanding wish to be buried under Earl, in New Town, North Dakota. Jene, 83, died in a Montana nursing home in late September; he was cremated, shipped, and interred in New Town in a ceremony attended by family, friends, and an American Legion color guard.


[10/05/2003] Complete News Story

Earl Bunyon.

Earl Bunyon

Earl Bunyon, Paul Bunyan's brother, was dreamed up by Fred and Berd LaRocque, New Town, ND, in 1958. The restoration of the statue of Earl Bunyon in New Town is complete. I would estimate Earl's height at over 20 feet, and he is now holding a branding iron. Both Fred & Berd have been dead for some time, and the statue serves as a marker for their graves.

[DLDebertin, 08/22/1998]

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