John Henry, is a subject of legend and song, and may well have been a real person living in the late 19th century . The legend is the best-known black “tall tale,” honoring the achievements of an individual under difficult circumstances. In the case of John Henry, a “steel driving man,” he is memorialized for defeating a steam-powered machine in a test of strength and fortitude. continues to serve a vital mythic purpose in dramatizing the power of African Americans, and workers of all races.
Giant Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Guard-Many years ago in U.S. lumber camps, loggers dreamed up wild, exaggerated stories about a mythical lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. This character was a giant who had superhuman strength. According to these “tall tales,” neither giant mosquitoes nor rains that lasted for months bothered Bunyan. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues at Trees of Mystery, a roadside attraction located in Klamath, California, USA.
(P) Who was Pecos Bill? Bill was born in 1830s Texas and as an infant, fell out of a covered wagon unnoticed by his family near the Pecos River, earning the nickname. He was raised by coyotes until found by his real brother who convinced him he was a man. He became a cowboy using Shake, the rattlesnake as a lasso, riding Widow-Maker, eating dynamite, and once lassoed a tornado. Bill proposed to Slue-Foot Sue by shooting all the stars from the sky but one which becomes the Lone Star.