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Johnson City, Tennessee: Junaluska and the Arch of Friendship

Two odd tributes within a few feet of each other in a small park. Junaluska is a Peter Toth Indian head; the Arch of Friendship salutes Johnson City's sister city, Guaranda, Ecuador.

Address:
Knob Creek Rd, Johnson City, TN
Directions:
West side of town. At the corner of Guaranda Drive and Knob Creek Rd. The parking lot is on Guaranda Drive.
Admission:
Free
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Junaluska and the Arch of Friendship

The "Trail of the Whispering Giants" Peter Toth sculpture is still at the park, as is the Arch of Friendship. Free parking at the park, and Junaluska is easy to get to; a very easy walk past the Arch.

[margaret richards, 11/21/2023]

Junaluska, carved in 1986, was cleaned and sealed against the elements in 2018.

Junaluska.

Peter Toth Chief Junaluska

Peter Toth, a Hungarian scuptor, began carving Native American busts out of indigenous trees in the early 1970s and has sculpted at least one for each state and Canadian province. This bust of Chief Junaluska was Toth's 55th Native American sculpture. It was installed in 1986 in Metro-Kiwanas Park (not to be confused with New and Old Kiwanas Parks on Apple maps), and is very well preserved. It's in the best condition of all the Toth's we've seen.

[Shamini, 07/26/2016]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Grave of First Dead White Man in TennesseeGrave of First Dead White Man in Tennessee, Johnson City, TN - 5 mi.
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Photo-Op PilloryPhoto-Op Pillory, Jonesborough, TN - 5 mi.
In the region:
President Andrew Johnson Museum, Tusculum, TN - 24 mi.

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