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Westwood in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Paul Bunyan
The Legend Lives On
 
Paul Bunyan Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2012
1. Paul Bunyan Marker
 
Inscription. Paul Bunyan has been the hero of lumberjack whopper tales that were handed down for generations in the camps of White Pine lumbermen in the north eastern forests of America. In 1913 the Walker family who owned the Red River Mill in Minnesota, moved their operations out west. It was a big job carving a mill and town out of the northern Sierras – they needed all the help they could get – so they brought Paul Bunyan with them. Never before known outside the haunts of the logging camp, the exploits of the giant lumberjack were first recorded in print for the Walkers by W.B. Laughead from 1914-1944. In addition to promoting Westwood, and Paul Bunyan Pine Products, the publication of these small books made Paul and his friends: Babe the Blue Ox, Sour Dough Sam, Brimstone Bill, Johnny Inkslinger, Big Ole and Sport (the reversible dog) national household favorites – thus establishing an American mythology. In 1946 the Walkers sold the mill to Fruit Growers Supply Co. who continued to operate the mill until itís shut down in 1956. In the last publication of “Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox" (1944) Paul is quoted as saying “Iím not saying goodbye, Iím still on the job for Red River and maybe Iíll be serving you again some time in the future”. We celebrate the return of Paul Bunyan to his home town on this 75th
 
Paul Bunyan Marker and Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2012
2. Paul Bunyan Marker and Statue
 
anniversary of Westwood. May his destiny be to continue fascinating children and entertaining adults – for it is only in the hearts of people that legends can truly live.

Dedicated July 9, 1988
Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce
Sponsors
Walker Family ē The Adolph Coors Co. and D & L Distributing ē Fruit Growers Supply Co. ē de Martimprey Family

The statue was carved by Burlwood Industries from a Redwood log 22 ft. long, 12 ft. diameter: weighing 28,000 lbs and over 1000 years old.
 
Erected 1988 by Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 18.12′ N, 121° 0.065′ W. Marker is in Westwood, California, in Lassen County. Marker is on 3rd Street (County Highway A21) east of Birch Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 3rd Street, Westwood CA 96137, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lassen Trail - Westwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Westwood Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Westwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Red River Bakery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boardinghouses (about 700 feet away); Westwood Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chuckís Railroad Room (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westwood Masonic Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westwood.
 
Paul Bunyan Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2012
3. Paul Bunyan Statue
 

 
Also see . . .  Paul Bunyan - American Folklore. Paul Bunyan is a larger-than-life folk hero who embodies frontier vitality. He is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles. He was popularized by newspapermen across the country in 1910 and has been a part of the American culture ever since. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Paul's Birthplace
This is a great synopsis of the legend of Paul Bunyan! Paul actually came to life originally in the French logging camps of southeastern Canada in stories told orally around campfires, after a hard day's work. W. Laughead was the first to write the stories down and organize them into "storybooks", complete with his original artwork. He also created several original stories about Paul, Babe, and friends.
    — Submitted May 1, 2013, by Patricia Church of Westwood, California.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 282 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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