The works of Carroll Barnes (1906 – 1997)

Former Three Rivers resident Carroll Barnes was a renowned sculptor who worked in wood and stone. The Three Rivers Historical Society recently obtained a collection of 100 or so pieces from the Sonoma County Historical Society in Santa Rosa, near Barnes’s last home of Sebastopol, and has been busy archiving the works. Much of the art is now on display at the Historical Museum (42268 Sierra Drive), which is open to the public seven days a week. The Three Rivers Historical Museum is also home to the giant Paul Bunyan statue that was created by Barnes in the 1940s, when he lived in Three Rivers with his wife and son. Several other local landmarks were created by the artist, including the rooster at Village Market, the totem pole at Buckeye Tree Lodge and, in Visalia, the College of the Sequoias “Giant.”

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