You can see historical photos of the Red River Lumber Company at the Steam in the Woods Logging website. The McCloud California Rails homepage provides some history of the Red River Lumber Company and its expansion into California is available. Westwood California, the Red River Lumber "company town," still has an annual Paul Bunyan Festival.
The best place to get started is at the John Henry: The Steel-Driving Man website at iBiblio, a digital public library online.
There are also valuable resources at the NPR: John Henry site, and you can listen to the entire NPR segment about the origins of the "John Henry" songs.
There is a video clip of the 1946 "puppetoon" about John Henry that is available online.
John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead is a novel set in Talcott, West Virginia that moves back and forth between the present day and the times of John Henry (amazon.com).
Polly Ann and John Henry (a theater script, one act): from Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theatre for Elementary Students.
And of course there is a Disney animated short film about John Henry, which is packaged with other Disney short films about Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Casey Jones.
John Henry was included in a 1996 US Post Office "Folk Heroes" stamp series with Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and "Casey at the Bat."
Languages / Anthropology 3043: Folklore & Mythology.
Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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