From Grief to Gratitude

© Photographed May 23, 2015
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
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The Paul Bunyan
Statue Restoration
[see transcripts below]

The marker is located at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, located at Carson Park, accessible from East Half Moon Drive, between Carson Park Drive (to the south) and Pavilion Drive (to the north), at or near 1110 Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701.

NOTE: Carson Park is on an island in Half Moon Lake; East Half Moon Drive / West Half Moon Drive is a loop around the island; it is impossible to miss the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum

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Paul Bunyan and Blue are located
at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.

The statue of Paul Bunyan was knocked over on Tuesday night,
September 17, 2002. Greg Devine, Tour Guide, and Norm Kessera, Camp
Manager, assessed the damage the next morning.
Within days, offers of help to reconstruct Paul Bunyan came from many
individuals and groups throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Kim Nessel volunteered to refurbish Paul Bunyan and took off work as
Batallion Chief for the Eau Claire Fire Department, Station No. 2, to repair the
statue during September-October, 2002. He reconstructed the fiberglass to
reattach the feet and, with the help of friends, poured concrete into the legs.
Then Mr. Nessel sanded and applied fresh paint to Paul.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2002, Kim Nessel and other firefighters and
friends, Scott Burkart, Marcy Bruflat, Dan Gluch, Mike Millwr, and Dan
Rydzik, returned Paul Bunyan to Carson Park and erected the 500 pound statue
next to Babe, the Blue Ox, in front of The Paul Bunyan Logging camp. The
beloved Eau Claire landmark was back home.

During the summer of 2003, Kim Nessel came back to The Paul Bunyan Camp and
refurbished Babe, the Blue Ox. Then, with the help of the Eau Claire Parks and
Recreation Department, he make sure that Paul and babe were "anchored" safely in front
of The Camp. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported this project, grief has
turned to gratitude, and the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox, are new
again -- ready to greet visitors for many years to come.

Paul and Blue looking cool!

Follow the signs to Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.

The marker is located at Carson Park.

Carson Park is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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