History of the Paul Bunyan Statue


BANGOR - If you've driven up and down Main Street or even visited Bangor for the day, Paul Bunyan's gleaming face is surely familiar. Our Erin Thomas learned a little more about this famed statue today.

The giant: a Queen City native and American logger.  Paul Bunyan has been standing his ground since 1959.

Paul was erected in front of the late auditorium, for the 125th birthday of the city.

Just the perfect distance from the road for taking photos, he was assembled from a concrete base, two steel I-beams and a fiberglass coating. Needless to say his life on Main Street has become permanent.

Because of his construction, groups have decided he would be too difficult to move, and would essentially need to be rebuilt.  Thus, he remains in front of the new Cross Insurance Center.

And while his view has changed over the years, it's still Bangor's prosperity right in front of his eyes.

Even while his accomplice, Babe the Blue Ox, is still out wandering the Maine woods, Paul stands to represent the best of Bangor in all of us.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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