Paul Bunyan's Boat-Anchor Historical

Paul Bunyan's Boat-Anchor Historical (HM1WVX)

Location: Ortonville, MN 56278 Big Stone County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 17.816', W 96° 25.943'

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Legend has it that Paul Bunyan was mighty in the sport of fishing as in all else. He picked Minnesota for most of his fishing and is credited with creating more than a few of its ten thousand lakes.

Big Stone Lake, visible here to the north-west and the state's 10th largest, was one of Paul's favorites. Not only for the variety and size of its fish, but because here he found a stone heavy enough to anchor his mammoth boat. Squared roughly from the region's famous granite, it weighed 110 tons.

This legendary boat-anchor was re-discovered on the eve of Minnesota's Statehood Centennial 1958. Only a stone's throw (for Paul) of 2 miles from the foot of the lake though not as easy for 20th century technology to handle as it had been for Paul. It was hoisted forthwith to this hilltop site for a memento of the states 100th birthday.

This project made possible by the Splendid Cooperation of the Big Stone County Centennial Committee, James D. Kaercher, Chairman, The Cold Spring Granite Company, Minnesota Highway Department, City of Ortonville, and all County citizens. Orville Freeman Governor.
Placed ByBig Stone County Centennial Committee
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Date Added Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees45.29693333, -96.43238333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 17.816', W 96° 25.943'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 17' 48.96" N, 96° 25' 56.58" W
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Area Code(s)320
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14 US-12, Ortonville MN 56278, US
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