Meeting Whispering Giant Chief Woapalanne, at last!
Last week I stopped in the town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania to see the Whispering Giant, Chief Woapalanne. He was taken out of commission from his original perch in the summer of 2015 due to rot. Thankfully, a rescue effort was mounted and the Giant was restored.
Following a tweet from the Taber Museum, I knew he was there somewhere at the bus station.
The bus terminal does not allow car traffic to pass through, so I couldn’t get a good look on Google Maps Streetview to try to zero in on just where he might be located. I didn’t know if he was outside or placed inside the terminal somewhere.
After circling the block 3 or 4 times with nothing to show for it, I pulled into the municipal parking lot figuring I’d have to walk inside the bus terminal.
As I pulled into a parking space, I saw the Chief’s feathers rising up from the corner of the building.
Whispering Giant Chief Woapalanne lives!
If you click the image below, you’ll see a full-sized pic in which you can read about the Giant’s restoration process.
The most noticeable changes are that he was shortened by three feet, removing the rotten base and he is now wearing a dark stain. He is lovely.
It warms my heart to think that people cared enough to save this Giant.
If you’re interested in visiting Chief Woapalanne, the parking area on William and W. Willow will give you easy access. Looking on Google Maps, this would be the location of the statue.