Thursday, May 10, 2018

River Walk Bench Graffitied by Johnny Cash Earns Spot on Atlas Obscura

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 2:09 PM

click to enlarge The "Johnny Loves Vivian" bench is now safely behind glass at the Witte's  B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center. - PHOTO VIA ATLAS OBSCURA
  • Photo via Atlas Obscura
  • The "Johnny Loves Vivian" bench is now safely behind glass at the Witte's B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center.
San Antonio's been featured again by Atlas Obscura, the online database for some of the world's most strange and wonderful hidden sights.

This time, the site's showing off the River Walk bench where country music legend Johnny Cash etched his love to his first wife Vivian Liberto. Legend has it, Cash carved "Johnny Loves Vivian" into the wood when he was waiting to ship out for basic training in 1951.

Much later on, Liberto found the bench during a stroll along the river and offered to buy it. Instead, the city donated it to a museum collection. It currently resides at the Witte Museum's B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center, just inside the front entrance.

The 31 other off-the-beaten-path S.A. landmarks highlighted by Atlas Obscura include the McNutt Sculpture Garden of Wild West art, the ivy-covered bridge dedicated to Tejano singer Rosita Fernandez and Barney Smith's ever popular Toilet Seat Museum.

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