Paul Bunyan is as old as the earth itself. His activities on this terrestrial ball antedate those of any other living being. Bunyan's life has been an open book to foresters and woodsmen since the dawn of history. It was generally believed that Paul, his blue ox Babe, and Ills faithful Crew, roamed the earth long ages before the usual run of mankind, commonly known as the public, had lost their tails and had a lick of` sense, but it could not be definitely proved. It had almost been proved on many occasions, but there was always that something about the story which savored of fiction which finally carried it out of the realm of absolute fact.
Morbeck, G. C.
"Paul Bunyan: An Authentic Account of his Prehistoric Activities,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 10
, Article 19.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol10/iss1/19