3 Paul Bunyan stories

Schlosser, S.E. “Paul Bunyan.” Babe the Blue Ox: From Paul Bunyan at

Americanfolklore.net. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.


This story is mainly centered on Babe, which will be good since my project is

based upon the bison in the museum. The story talks about the original

meeting of Paul and Babe, different feats of strength for Paul and Babe, and

even a love story between Babe and a cow. I believe that I can use these

stories’ elements and transfer them into my own retelling.



Schlosser, E.S. “Paul Bunyan.” Paul Bunyan Tames the Whistling River: From Paul

Bunyan at Americanfolklore.net. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.


This story is from the same website as the other story about Babe the Blue

Ox, but still is another good story to incorporate into my own retelling. It has

more elements on the strength and tenacity exhibited in most of the Paul

Bunyan legends and stories. The story also contains more characters that

serve as models for the stereotypes of the logging industry and life out west.

It even contains some vernacular that I can use like “darn tootin’” and “by

jingo” which are terms that originated from westerners in the late 1800’s.

This story I feel encapsulates the mythos of the “tall tales” genre.



Boatright, Mody C., and Allen Maxwell. “Oil.” The Best of Texas Folk and Folklore,

1916-1954. Ed. Wilson Mathis Hudson. Denton, TX: U of North Texas, 1998.

316-20. Print.


This is a different spin on the Paul Bunyan story. This story places Paul Bunyan and Babe working in the oil fields of Texas during the early 1920’s. It talks about the building of oil derricks, drilling oil by Paul’s hand, and the building of wagons for transportation of oil barrels. I truly think this will add a unique twist in my story, and am excited to play around with the idea of a Paul Bunyan oil industry worker.


One thought on “3 Paul Bunyan stories

  1. This is going to be a very interesting project. I really like the idea of the last retelling that you chose. It will be interesting to see how the story changes in a different context. Think about trying to find stories that are all by different authors. Scholsser’s stories will be useful in your project, but you want to give your audience a wide range of possible interpretations and often a single author does not allow that. You might want to see if you can get your hands on some of the original stories about Bunyan and try to find how Scholsser’s retellings compare.


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