Dunkirk, New York: Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

One of dozens of similar, yet all different, giant Indian heads sculpted out of tree trunks by Peter Toth.

Address:
Lake Shore Drive, Dunkirk, NY
Directions:
Lake Shore Drive West (Route 5). Next to the city's water tower.
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

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

Toth Indian.

Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

The new carving by Peter Toth has been finished and placed back on the old pedestal, although the bushes that wrapped around it are gone. We just wish that the whole display had been moved to the other side of the building (into the park with the marina) for a better background. Oh, well, the carving is incredibly beautiful. It's such an honor to have Mr. Toth carve another for our state.

[Barb Paton, 11/03/2014]

Whispering Giant restoration, 2014.

Giant Indian Head

When I visited, the Indian Head was in the process of being restored, on its side under a tent.

[signmanjoe, 08/15/2014]

Artist Peter "Wolf" Toth returned to Dunkirk to rehabilitate his "Whispering Giant" Indian head sculpture, which he originally carved 40 years ago.

Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

The giant Indian Head is at a new location, 92 E. Lakeshore Dr at Deer Street, just west of Tim Horton's. It is on its side under a tent and is in the process of being repaired. The restorer lives in a small trailer next to the site and can usually be found working on it most days. There is no specific date regarding when it will be returned to its original location, but at least it is visible again.

[Signman Joe, 08/07/2014]

Missing the head.

Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

Missing: one Giant Indian Head. We had no problem finding the City Water Filtration plant On Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk, where the carved Indian head was supposed to be... but, it was gone! Only the brick base with an information plaque remains, with no indication what happened to the giant carved head. My family suggested that the carving might have been a prank victim of a nearby college university....

[Barb P., 05/11/2014]

The wooden head, carved in 1973, was in bad shape, so the town removed it. Sculptor Peter "Wolf" Toth returned to Dunkirk, restored the head (and added six tears), and it was returned to its spot on August 5, 2014.

Giant Indian Head: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh

On Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk is an huge Indian head carved out of the trunk of a tree that used to stand there. It was hand carved some time in the 1970s and is pretty impressive. It is in front of the city water filtration plant in Dunkirk, on Rt.5 which becomes Lake Shore Drive in the city.

[Steven George, 06/16/2002]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Town of SpiritualistsTown of Spiritualists, Lilydale, NY - 9 mi.
Bronze Marmaduke and CartoonistBronze Marmaduke and Cartoonist, Portland, NY - 9 mi.
Dolly Dimples Waitress StatueDolly Dimples Waitress Statue, Silver Creek, NY - 11 mi.
In the region:
Fiji Mermaid at Ripley's, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada - 44 mi.

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 Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...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

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Houston's Miracle Water: Angel-Approved, New Market, Tennessee (Oct 18-24, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now

 

Favorite Quirky City Sights