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According to the legend, Paul Bunyan had super-human strength and speed, was smart and had a sense of humor. This uniquely American "tall tale" began somewhere in the lumber and logging camps of the early 19th Century. The Red River Lumber Company used this legend in its advertising booklets from 1914 through the 1930s.
Paul Bunyan is credited with creating the Black Hills, Puget Sound and the Grand Canyon. When he was born it took five storks to deliver him. When he was a week old, he could fit into his fatherís clothes. An entire herd of cows was needed to feed the growing Paul. As an adult, he felled trees an acre at a time. He used a hollow log as a whistle and he used a bent crowbar as a safety pin to hold his pants up. Paul found Babe, his Blue Ox, in Minnesota. The ox was blue because it was so cold there. Paul's footprints were said to have created the Great Lakes, while Babe's footprints created Minnesota's 10,000 lakes.