Statue of Paul Bunyan

Inland Maine

The towering 31ft statue of Paul Bunyan has watched over Bangor since the 1950s, but the ax-wielding lumberman isn't getting much love these days. His view of the Penobscot River is now blocked by a casino, and a multipurpose arena has risen behind him.

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