Although several states throughout the United States claim Paul Bunyan as their own, he is rightly attributed to Michigan.
he 1940s and 1950s were the heyday of the cowboy craze. There were singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers; movies with John Wayne; TV westerns like “The Lone Ranger” and pulp westerns by Louis L’Amour on every drugstore paperback book rack. But you didn’t have to travel to Texas or Wyoming to get in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl.
Michigan was once a land of mighty timber. A few artisans were inspired by the natural materials found in logs, tree branches, stumps and roots to create rustic marvels. Although there were others — including the Jack Pine Lodge near Manistique, Birchwood Arbor in St. Ignace and many lodges and cabins — the best-known of these are the Legs Inn in Cross Village and the Shrine of the Pines, just outside of Baldwin.
United States Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes led the way, recommending that civilian travel continue as an aid in the promotion of national health and morale.