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Bay City's Roots in the Paul Bunyan Tales To Be Subject of Documentary Film

Lumberjack Competition on the Saginaw River to Bring Back Lumbering Days

July 21, 2004       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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The main model for the Paul Bunyan legend was this unassuming French-Canadian lumberjack Fabian "Joe" Fournier, pictured at about age 18 in 1865 just after emigrating here from Quebec.

      The lumberjack competition of Saturday, July 31 in Veterans Memorial Park will reprise the heady days of the late 1800s when Bay City was the lumber capital of the world and 100 lumber mills stretched along the river from here to Saginaw.

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