Ol’ Wooden Head

In 1940, while working at a tent construction camp at Mile 80, Peter Fuoco noticed a large cedar stump with an unusual facial shape. The stump intrigued him so much that he visualized that it could carve it into a useful character with a pensive personality and rugged features. In his evenings and other spare time roughed it out with a sharp double-bitted axe and finally finished it using shaped wood chisels. He even had to perform “plastic surgery” to replace some rotten sections with carefully fitted wood inserts. A sign was posted beside it warning drivers:
“DON’T BE WOODEN HEADED, DRIVE CAREFULLY, YOU’LL LOVE TO ENJOY THE SCENERY MORE AND LONGER”
The supervising engineer was so impressed with the sculpture that he ordered it be moved 18 miles to Boat Encampment for the Opening Ceremony of the New Big Bend Highway. Upon completion of the trans-Canada highway the “head” was moved to Revelstoke. It now rests in a gazebo on the south side of the highway on the east side of the river near the trans-Canada highway bridge

The S.S. Revelstoke from a 1903 Tourist Brochure

“One of the finest holiday trips that can be obtained is that by steamer “Revelstoke” into the heart of the Big
Bend. Four miles above the city the steamer enters the Columbia River Canyon, one of the grandest scenes to be found in inland navigable waters. The pretty little steamer which makes the trip walled in by rocks on every side, their horizon canopied by beautiful trees – fir, cedar, hemlock. The rushing waters of the river boil and surge between the rocky walls, as if defying the steamer in her efforts to pass through the gates that Vulcan has here forged to guard the vaults of Nature in the beyond.”
“Passengers sleep the night on board the steamer, which furnishes first class bedding and state-room accommodation at a charge of $1.00 per berth. The steamer also provides an excellent cuisine, the charge for meals being 50 cents. The fare for the round trip to Laporte below Death Rapids is $5.00.”