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'Big Man' Moves to New Location

Posted July 20, 2007

— After two decades greeting drivers along U.S. Highway 401, a noted landmark began its move to a new location Friday.

A 20-foot statue of a man in a plaid shirt and blue pants, known to area residents as "The Big Man" or "Paul Bunyan," is being moved to make way for development.

The statue is owned by Bradsher Contractors and is on its way to the company's new headquarters off Gresham Lake Road.

Developers bought the Bradsher property and plan a commercial and residential development on the property near the Interstate 540 interchange.


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  • Kriterian Jul 21, 2007

    I remember the Cougar on top of Leith on Downtown Blvd, didn't the "Big Man" used to sit somewhere else near there? It was a contracting or paint store because I remember he held a brush in one hand and paint bucket in the other.

  • jcrew1979 Jul 21, 2007

    I went to college with one of the Bradsher kids! Paul Bunyan is how we found her house. Doh!

  • renesbmw Jul 21, 2007

    Does this mean we are OLD?!? Say it ain't so!!!!! lol

  • renesbmw Jul 21, 2007

    And didn't "Paul Bunyan" the "big man" they are referring to in the story, formerly live on Capital Blvd. as well? But at that time, that section was called Downtown Blvd. He was up the street from the cougar at Leith.

  • renesbmw Jul 21, 2007

    As I read the story, I was going through all those things in my mind, Mr. French! Yes I remember all of those! So you remember when Mr. Peanut used to stand on Wilmington Street waving at everyone? Those were surely great memories for me as a young girl!

    And Chuck-The last time I saw Neptune was behind the old Hardee's (which has been for years now, sad to say a Chinese restaurant) on Wilmington Street. I saw it one day as I was going out the back parking lot of the Sam's Club. It was inside of a fence of some business...........Not a good retirement place for Neptune.

  • Mr. French Jul 20, 2007

    Anyone remember the cougar that used to sit on top of Tao Auto on Capital Blvd. when it was Leith Lincoln Mercury?

    Anyone remember the King of the Sea neon sign out on Capital at Buffalo with the moving fish tail?

    Anyone remember the neon Fisher Sandwich sign with the man casting his line across from the Circus restaurant?

    Anyone remember Reddy Kilowatt on Hillsborough Street?

  • Michael Kenyon Jul 20, 2007

    I wondered 20 years ago how long he would last before the land was sold. Lasted longer than I would have figured. Sounds like you'll be able to visit him though.

  • musings Jul 20, 2007

    So sad. We used to tease our daughter and her friends that he was their boyfriend every time we made our way back home to Wake Forest.

  • The Fox Jul 20, 2007

    There goes my landmark. Bye giant.

  • 2AMANDA2 Jul 20, 2007