Bangor in Penobscot County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Paul Bunyan of Bangor, Maine
This statue, reputed to be the largest of Paul Bunyon in the world, stands facing the Penobscot River. The legendary giant woodsman is a symbol of the great era in the late 1800's when Bangor, Maine was acclaimed to be "The Lumber Capitol of the World" with sailing vessels crowding the river and loaded with lumber for shipment to seaports around the world.
The statue is 31 feet tall and weighs approximately 3700 pounds. It is internally braced with steel for the reinforced fiberglass construction. The cobblestone faced concrete base has a time capsule sealed December 31st, 1959. It contains documented records of Bangor's 125th Anniversary observance and other articles of historic significance. The capsule is scheduled for removal on Bangor's 250th Anniversary, February 12, 2084 A.D.
The idea for the statue was presented to the 125th Anniversary Steering Committee by Connie Bronson of Veazie. The scale model for the statue was sculpted by J. Normand Martin of Bangor and it was built and erected by Messmor and Damon of New York City.
The cost was approximately $20,000., provided by voluntary contributions from civic minded individuals and firms in Bangor and vicinity.
In 1988, the marker read:
• This permament statue
• This statue, reputed to be the largest of Paul Bunyon in the world, was made possible by the BANGOR 125th ANNIVERSARY STEERING COMMITTEE. The legendary giant woodsman is a symbol of the great era in the late 1800's during which BANGOR, MAINE was acclaimed "the LUMBER CAPITOL of the WORLD".
• The statue stands facing the Penobscot River nearby. which in the days of PAUL BUNYON bristled with masts as sailing vessels loaded long lumber for shipment to seaports around the world.
• The total cost of the statue, erected, was approximately $20,000. It was paid for wholly by voluntary contributions from civic minded individuals and firms in Bangor and vicinity.
Erected by Bangor Chamber of Commerce.
Location. Click for map. Marker is near the Civic Center. Marker is in this post office area: Bangor ME 04401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Maine (approx. 1.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away).
Regarding Paul Bunyan of Bangor, Maine. Writer Stephen King bestowed brief pop culture celebrity on the statue, when he brought it to life in the 1986 novel, "IT."
Also see . . .
1. Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. About Paul Bunyon (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Paul Bunyan. Paul Bunyan is said to be a lumberjack of gargantuan size and ... (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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