Did you know Paul Bunyan was born in Maine, brought as an infant to Bemidji in a sling carried by five storks, and buried in Kelliher?

A long mound and a gravestone inscribed "Here lies Paul, and that's all" mark his burial place in the Kelliher Paul Bunyan Park and Campground, the city's picnic area on the south edge of town. There is even an official death certificate issued by the Minnesota Department of Health and signed June 14, 1955, by Beltrami County Deputy Registrar Beatrice Haley. The Kelliher Civic and Commerce Club furnished the document as the basis for marking his burial site.

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The death certificate lists his age as "%&#" and the date of death as "3 miles west of June 18%&." Cause of death was accidental fractures. The medical attendant at the time of Paul's death was Doc Bonesetter, but no funeral director is listed.

By the way, the town of Kelliher is named in honor of A.O. Kelliher, a lumber agent for the Crookston Lumber Co. The town was established Oct. 3, 1903 and had a depot for the Minnesota and International Railroad, or M&IRR (popularly known as the Mosquito and Insect Railroad.)