Who is Pierre the Voyageur and why is he so interesting? Well, imagine driving down the highway and seeing a 20 foot tall, mesh and fiberglass cartoon-like statue glaring down at you. This statue was placed on the Smithsonian’s list of historic landmarks and is something the people of Two Harbors are very honored to have near their city. Some say he resembles Paul Bunyan( located in Bemidji alongside babe), but what makes him different are his slits for eyes, a slight grin, and no pants?
Pierre the Voyageur first stood in front of the Voyageur Motel in Two Harbors. It is said that long ago, Pierre’s eyes glowed a scary red and a motel employee sitting in a hidden booth could make his head Pivot from side to side and even made him speak. The “no pants” feature comes from the historic appearance of voyageurs. According to an exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Center in Ontario, back in the day these voyageurs usually wore a long-sleeved woolen skirt and a pair of deerskin leggings that ended just above the knees.
Today, Pierre stands proudly in front of a motel outside of Two Harbors, MN, and has even been given a red paddle to hold. Spotlights give him a strong presence at night and his glowing red eyes make him especially scary during a bad snowstorm.
From Two Harbors, take Highway 61, turn left (toward Lake Superior) onto Stanley Road. The address is 933 Stanley Road, Two Harbors, MN.