Minnesota’s most famous tall tale lumberman Paul Bunyan is found dotting the landscape in roadside attraction form. There are Bunyan statues in Akeley, Brainerd, Bemidji, and plenty of other towns, as well as his artifacts and representations of his blue ox sidekick, Babe. And in Hackensack, MN, is Paul’s other babe, Lucette Diana Kensack.
Zumbrota, MN takes their covered bridge seriously. It’s a unique attraction with a storied history, painted in a deep maroon and spanning over the Zumbro River into Covered Bridge Park. It’s the town’s pride and joy. Zumbrota’s welcome sign features a picture of it, the streetlight banners along Main Street proclaim it as Minnesota’s Only Covered Bridge, and each year they celebrate the Covered Bridge Festival in June.
The moose has long been an iconic image associated with Minnesota. These creatures used to be quite common in the northern part of the state, although a sighting is quite rare these days as significant numbers have died off in the last couple decades. Much like bears and wolves, moose remain elusive, mysterious, and an icon of Minnesota’s northwoods. Here are some statues commemorating them.
Honk the Moose is a statue of a life-size moose in the Iron Range town of Biwabik, MN. The moose is a depiction of a real life moose who made his winter home in town during the winter of 1935. He stands in a city park in the middle of town, easily visible on the main drag.
Hat n’ Boots, a beloved Seattle roadside attraction, has made its home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle since 1954. As iconic as the Fremont Street Troll or the Pike Street Market, Hat ‘n’ Boots has an interesting backstory and was on the verge of endangerment until the people spoke.