Bring Paul Back
The Manistique Moose Lodge recently held a fundraiser to benefit the Paul Bunyan project, an attempt to reconstruct a replica of the Paul Bunyan billboard constructed in 1960. The lodge had an afternoon “Meat Bingo” in which players won various types of meats each time they declared a bingo. A pie auction and raffle was also held at the event, which raised $524 for the project. The original structure, pictured above right, was 45 feet tall by 14 feet wide and stood at the intersection of Deer Street and Chippewa Avenue as part of the community’s centennial. At that time U.S. 2 ran through Manistique and “Paul” greeted tourists until 1975, when a wind storm blew the wooden structure down. During the 2010 sesquicentennial anniversary, community members began an effort to bring Paul back. Pictured from left are Moose Lodge President Al Grimm and Roger Irie, a member of the Paul Bunyan Committee. Funds are still needed to finish the project and can be mailed to “Paul Bunyan”, C/O Manistique City Hall, 300 N Maple St., Manistique, MI 49854.