Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 10, 2010

The Big Story In Oscoda

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, waiting to cross US-23, Ossineke

Of the many towns that claim to be the home of Paul Bunyan, why has Oscoda, Michigan, on the northern Lake Huron coast, staked a claim to the honor?

The earliest account of a giant logger named Paul Bonjean dates to 1837 when French Canadians concocted and told tales about the character.

James MacGillivray is credited with writing the first story about Paul Bunyan, which was published in the August 10, 1906 edition of the Oscoda Press. In 2006 Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm declared that date “Paul Bunyan Day” in honor of the legend’s 100th birthday.

Celebrate the oversized and talented lumberjack and his jumbo sidekick Babe the Blue Ox at the 14th annual Paul Bunyan Festival September 17-19 in Oscoda. Watch artists sculpt logs in the Great Lakes Chainsaw Carving Competition, plus logrolling, ax throwing and other skills on display in the Timberjack Show. There are car and arts & crafts shows, antiques appraisals, food and beverage tent. And what says Paul Bunyan Festival better than an inflatable moonwalk?

Visitor Info Click: Oscoda

Travel Michigan: Pure Michigan

The Great Lakes were watering holes for Babe the Blue Ox



  1. Your last picture is great….makes me want to go lay in the sun there with a good book!

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