Welcome to The Movie Fargo. From Brainerd, MN where it allegedly took place.
Brainerd's Landmark Watertower:
Dey didn't show ya dis here really big watertower dat we're so attached ta in dat der movie, did dey?
We was mentioned in dat der purty littl' National Geographic Magazine ting doncha know. Dey wrote up some nice tings about us and our littl' web site. Ya know, dey sure take nice pitures.
A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.
Yes, Ole, der is a Paul Bunyan
So, you watched the movie "Fargo" and were wondering if there was a place that actually had a large animated Paul Bunyan.
Well, there is.
Paul (and Babe, his pet blue ox) live on the western edge of Brainerd at an amusement park named appropriately "The Paul Bunyan Amusement Center".
Paul has been entertaining kids and adults for years being billed as "The World's Largest Talking Animated Man".
Paul lives in a large wood building that is home for a small forest and cabin.
His workday consists of sitting on a stump talking to kids, parents and grandparents, often surprising them by calling out their names in a friendly greeting.
Paul takes a long vacation from the amusement center in winter.
He boards up his log building and leaves the amusement center for the quite life of a lumberjack in the Minnesota northwoods area he loves so much.
UPDATE: Paul and Babe were moved after Labor Day 2003 to a new location when the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center where they had stood for over 50 years was closed. They will again greet visitors next spring at This Old Farm, a museum and attraction, 13 miles east of Brainerd on Hwy 18.
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