Keep the Show on the Road! Posted February 9, 2008 Report Share Posted February 9, 2008 As I prepared this post I visited the Trees of Mystery web site. I was saddened by the news that Babe, Paul Bunyan’s Blue Ox, at the Trees of Mystery on the Redwood Highway had lost his head in November (2007). Paul Bunyan, Babe, and the End of the Trail statue are landmarks on the Highway going all the way back to 1948 when I first saw them there. Watch the Movie when Babe was whole! BTW you will probably enjoy it more of you click full screen. The Redwood Highway (old US101) is an American classic. We took a trip along its length in 1948 and again in 1950 and one stop was the Trees of Mystery, another American classic. I remember in those days while your car was parked in the lot, employees tied a sign on your bumper with bailing wire advertising the attraction. Really! It was the precursor to the bumper sticker! Since the bumper was not integrated with the body, it was easy to wire a sign to it. We didn’t remove it until we got home. It was an honored symbol of road travel! We also traveled the road in 1965 and the movie is from that date. Yes, Paul is waving, and Babe (with his head) is nodding. Babe was built in the late 1940's from a kit...and note that Paul grew a lot between 1948 and 1965. Do we have any later reports? I intended to show the Trees Motel across the road, which is operated by the same folks, and at the time (1965) featured the World’s Smallest bar. It had only two and a half stools (or maybe three and a half, I don’t recall for certain.) Either way it was tiny, and a good roadside attraction. Unfortunately I was about to exceed my limit on Vimeo for this week and there is no option for extra space....so I trimmed the video. Enjoy the movie! It includes our 1948 slide, and 1965 movies. Keep the Show on the Road Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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