Honk The Moose

This children’s storybook character was made into a book evolving around the City of Biwabik in 1935. The book is based on a true story, with most of the characters in the book being actual residents of Biwabik. The children’s book, Honk the Moose has won several awards including the 1936 Newberry Medal Runner-Up, 1970 Lewis Carrol Shelf Award

Winner, and it was named One of the 100 Best Children’s Books of the 20th Century as listed by Cattermole.

The book is a story about two boys that discover a moose in Biwabik who made a honking sound. “Honk,” named for the honking sound the moose continually made, had wandered into Biwabik and was first discovered in the Livery Stable eating the horses’ hay before continuing throughout the community. Many of the buildings referenced in the book still exist today including the Livery Stable located behind the Biwabik Credit Union, and Archie Milner’s Grocery Store, which is now occupied by Kenny K’s Lonely Loon Saloon. The original “Bandstand” currently resides between R-Bar and Bullwinkles. Honk lives today as a life size statue in Biwabik Downtown Park, and families always stop to have their picture taken with him.

Admission: No admission. Open year-round.

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City of Biwabik
PO Box 528
Biwabik, MN 55708