Skip to Main Content

Cherokee, North Carolina: Chief Henry, World's Most Photographed Indian (Gone) Team Field Report

Chief Henry's Gifts And More. On Big Cove Rd, one block east of the northbound side of Hwy 441, just outside the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Chief Henry died in 2007.

Chief Henry.

Chief Henry, World's Most Photographed Indian

For over 50 years Chief Henry posed for tourist photos outside of gift shops in this Native American town in the Smoky Mountains. He died in Nov. 2007. Report...
Chief Henry - His Spirit Lives on

Chief Henry died after 60 years of street corner chiefin'.... Report...

Visitor Tips and News About Chief Henry, World's Most Photographed Indian

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Chief Henry - World's Most Photographed Indian

My family and I have just arrived home from vacation in Cherokee, NC. Of course, we had to go visit our favorite Indian Chief -- Chief Henry. The price for a photograph is $5.00 nowadays, but it is well worth the cost. It was nice to have my kids get a picture with Chief Henry because my Daddy, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and I have many pictures with him from the past. I think my first picture was taken when I was 3...I'm now 34 and there are many pictures between those two ages of me and the Chief. What a wonderful treat for the family to see Chief Henry again.

[Cindy, 06/16/2005]

Chief Henry.

Chief Henry - The hardest working guy in America

Or, at least, Roadside America.

It's Chief Henry, World's Most Photographed Indian. Year after year, tourist season after tourist season, the Chief draws energy from a mystical source that eludes all other street corner photo braves. Burn down his strip mall, and he's back the next day. Wash him away in a storm, and he stands proud at his soggy teepee even before the sun peeks out.

It's something more than his manitou, more than the magnet jewelry (available for purchase). Chief Henry continues to amaze.

Tipster Esther Coovert reports he is "still posing for pictures, as shown here from October 26, 2002. I asked Chief Henry to pose with George and Lily Smoochie, explaining that they travel everywhere with us. As you can see, Chief Henry was quite accommodating."

Chief Henry, we salute you.

[ Team, 11/01/2002]

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

North Carolina Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Daredevil Graves of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, New York (Jun 17-23, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings