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National Paul Bunyan Day honored in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Grab your favorite flannel shirt and find the nearest tree that needs to be chopped, because June 28 is National Paul Bunyan Day.

The giant lumberjack is one of the most well-known figures in American folklore along with Babe, his faithful blue ox.

The Chippewa Valley is known for it’s rich logging history, and many believe the historical interpretation that came to be known as Paul Bunyan made a pit-stop in Eau Claire.

“We believe that he was an actual French-Canadian that went by the name of Saginaw Joe,” says Kaitlyn Dehnke, a tour guide at Eau Claire’s Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum. “He worked in Michigan, but by the time logging hit the area in the 1890s in Eau Claire it had turned into the story of Paul Bunyan. He came to Eau Claire because back then we were known as “Saw Dust City,” because of the rich logging history. With logging comes Paul Bunyan, so he just carried over with his tall tales here today.”

The earliest published stories of the lumberjack date back to 1910.

Rebecca Fiala

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