Babe the Blue Ox in a parade in Minneapolis, 1937

Babe the Blue Ox in a parade in Minneapolis


Babe the Blue Ox statue is driven down Nicollet Mall as part of “On To Nicollet” festivities in Minneapolis held on August 4, 1937, and featured in the August 7, 1937 edition of the Bemidji Pioneer. Original caption: “Darlene Gary, drum major for the Bemidji, Minn., “On-to-Nicollet” deegation [sic], battles ‘Babe,’ Paul Bunyan’s big blue ox in the loop as the fans from out-of-town paraded on their way to Nicollet park this noon. ‘Babe’ stopped marching near the West hotel, Bemidji headquarters, and refused to budge until Little Miss Gary prodded him and told him he would be late for the Miller game.” From the folder “Bemidji” in box 145 of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Edina newspaper photographs collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

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