Carving an entire nation out of the wilderness takes a lot of manpower, and that's exactly what a hero like Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack, is cut out for. Just as Superman was indicative of the unlimited potential of an industrialized America in the 20th century, Paul Bunyan, originating in 19th century folk tales, represented of the ambitions of the settlers of the American West.
Bigger than life when he was just a baby, Paul Bunyan needed five storks to carry him to his parents. As a boy, he used bedding for socks and kegs for shoes, and grew so quickly he couldn't live in his parents' house. As an adult, Paul left his mark by creating landmarks around the West, including Puget Sound, Lake Superior and Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, which are just the footprints of hit pet blue ox, Babe.