Paul Bunyan Land
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Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park located in Brainerd, Minnesota, on This Old Farm. Its trademark is the 26-foot-tall (7.9 m) animated and talking statue of Paul Bunyan. As children enter, Paul welcomes them by name. The amusement park has 27 rides for children and is surrounded by 30 buildings.
|Location||Brainerd, Minnesota, United States|
|Owner||This Old Farm|
|Opened||1950 (original location); 2003 (current location)|
|Operating season||Daily Memorial Day through Labor Day|
|Area||180 acres (0.73 km2)|
The park, originally known as Paul Bunyan Center, was founded in 1950 in Baxter, Minnesota, by Sherm Levis. It was built around the statue of Paul that Levis and Roy Kuemicheal had purchased the previous year. The park grew over time to include over 40 rides. In 2003, the park announced that due to the high cost of operation, it would be closing and that everything would be auctioned off. However, a local family-owned business named This Old Farm was interested in keeping the entire park and bought the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox as well the rides. They moved the park onto their land six miles east of Brainerd on State Highway 18.