An American-made roadside attraction
Visitors to Portland, Oregon may be surprised to be greeted by a roadside 31-foot tall Paul Bunyan statue. Certainly, in its more than half-century of existence, it's raised some questions for tourists and locals alike.
And while we can't answer everything, we can tell you this much: It is, indeed, Made in America.
There may be another obvious question on your mind: "But why was this totally boss Paul Bunyan statue built?" Well, we've got the answer to that too.
According to a 2009 article from the Oregonian (when the statue was added to the National Register of Historic Places) it was commissioned by a neighborhood business group to greet the millions of visitors to the state's 1959 Centennial Exposition. It went up right alongside Interstate Avenue, which was a main gateway into Portland at the time.
The article goes on to quote historian Ian Johnson:
'People were really proud of it...Paul Bunyan was a really popular figure at the time. Even though Paul Bunyan is a Minnesota legend, it made sense to folks out here because the timber industry was really important in Oregon.'
And there you have it: one full week of American-made trivia. Here's to three more!
Related recent Blogs
- Pharmaceutical companies' interests are covered in the TPP -- as for everyone else? Ehh ... • by mmcmullan • 12/09/2013
- A swing and a miss for Biden in Asia • by TGarland • 12/09/2013
- December 9, 2013: China reports biggest trade surplus in five years • by TGarland • 12/09/2013
- Kickstarting a manufacturing renaissance • by TGarland • 12/06/2013
- December 6, 2013: The #AAMeter, it moves (in the right direction)! • by mmcmullan • 12/06/2013
- U.S. Manufacturing Gains 27,000 Jobs in November: Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Statement. • by scapozzola • 12/06/2013
- Indiana manufacturing program expands • by TGarland • 12/05/2013
- Scott Paul: Keep skilled jobs for skilled workers in Washington • by mmcmullan • 12/05/2013
- December 5, 2013: Another voice for a currency rule in the TPP • by mmcmullan • 12/05/2013
- Some Made in America gift ideas for the obnoxious teenager in your life • by LDonia • 12/04/2013