Wisconsin at Minnesota: Five Facts About the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe

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5. Paul Bunyan’s Axe Was Not the First Trophy

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Many people do not realize this, but the Axe was not the first trophy in this rivalry. The first trophy was a “Slab of Bacon,” which made it’s first appearance in 1930. That lasted until 1943 when the slab went missing. Wisconsin won the game for the slab 14-0 and Minnesota won the last game 25-13.

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