En route from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Fargo, North Dakota, Dad and I encountered the closest thing to a snafu on this road trip.
In trying to re-trace the steps of the characters in the movie Fargo, we were planning to go see Paul Bunyan and Babe, the blue ox, in Brainerd, MN. But when we Googled these landmarks, we learned they had been moved about a year ago…to North Carolina!
But, as I said to Dad after one too many wrong turns, “there are no wrong turns on a road trip,” we regrouped. And, we learned that the actual real Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox roadside attractions were never in Brainerd to begin with. They are - and always have been - in Bemidji, Minnesota, the principal city of north central Minnesota between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota.
Added bonus: This year - 2012 - is the 75th anniversary of this awesome road side attraction. It was only about 200 miles out of the way - but well worth it to see this beautiful and remote part of the country.
I’m glad to see it’s still there and in good shape. Read many summer comics in their shadow.