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September 14th, 2012 The Tale of Paul Bunyan & Babe

RUMFORD, Maine (Sept. 14, 2012) - I have always loved the tale of Paul Bunyan and how he found Babe the Blue Ox.  On our Oct. 8 episode of Ripley Radio (, our contributor Chad Lewis talks about Paul’s ties to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine.  I guess all three states are proud to claim him.  Here is how the Maine legend goes.

One cold winter’s night near Bangor, Maine, it was SO cold, the snow turned blue.  While Paul Bunyan was in the woods he found a baby ox that was so cold that it had turned blue. Paul saved him, took him back to the camp and warmed him up. But he never lost the blue color, so Paul decided to name him Babe the Blue Ox and they became friends forever. 

As I was driving through Rumford, Maine on vacation, I first spied this great statue of Paul, then as we drove up to Rite Aid, who should we see? I think the drug store sign in the background adds a great deal of flavor to the photo.  Now we know.

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