Old Trapper’s Lodge
John Ehn was a motel owner in Sun Valley. He decorated his property with the creations seen above. “What are the creations seen above?,” you ask. Well, they’re fake tombstones and sculptures of “Old Trapper,” “Kidnap,” and “The Fight,” of course. After Ehn died, his oeuvre was relocated behind Pierce College’s chicken coop.
Some of these tombstones read*:
“SAD SADIE. ALIAS: POKER FACE, GLOOMY GIRL, ICY AGNES, POLAR BIRD, ETC. ETC. 1841-1866. STABBED IN BUCKET OF BLOOD DANCE SALOON BY SWEET VIOLET FOR WATERING HER WHISKEY BOOTHILL”
“BIG NOSE NELL. PROFESSIONAL CUTHROAT – 1811-1861. HANGED BY NECK TILL SHE WAS DED-DED-DED”
“GEN. HARRY HOFFMAN I.A. 1820-1892. SON OF CHEROKEE CHIEF HICKMAN. HE TRAINED & LED THE HORN RIVER INDIAN SCOUTS. LUNG SHOT BY ARROWS 4 TIMES AT THE GUT RIVER MASSACRE. BATTLES OF STINKING WATERS, PRETTY SUUAW MT. & OTHER FIGHTS. HE LIVED TO KILL THE GREAT CHIEF BLOODY HAND IN A SABER & SPEAR DUEL AT FT. DESPAIR…”
* I’ve added punctuation for readability.
Posted on November 22, 2011, in Woodland Hills and tagged Cemeteries, Folk Art, John Ehn, Old Trappers Lodge, Pierce College, Pierce College Chicken Coop, Pierce College Folk Art, Public Art, Woodland Hills. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.