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Totem Pole Park, Foyil

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Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park consists of eleven objects and one building on 14 acres in Rogers County, Oklahoma. The park is ten miles north-east of Claremore and is located 3.5 miles east of historic U.S. Route 66 and Foyil. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1999 and is currently owned and operated by the Rogers County Historical Society and the Foyil Heritage Association. The park's main totem pole is claimed to be the "World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole."History and creationThe park was constructed by Ed Galloway, a retired manual arts teacher who had taught for over 20 years at the Children's Home orphanage in Sand Springs, OK. Upon his retirement, Galloway had moved to a small farm near Foyil. He soon began work on the totem pole, which he built using modern building materials, including six tons of steel, 28 tons of cement, and 100 tons of sand and rock. In 1948, Galloway completed the totem pole, which had a completed height of approximately 90 ft (27 m). At its base, the totem pole is 30 ft (9 m) wide, and it rests on the back of a turtle. The entire totem pole is decorated with approximately 200 bas relief images, which include brightly colored Native American portraits, symbols, and animal figures.
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  • Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park in Chelsea, OK is worth a stop. It's not exactly by the Route 66 but 4.5 miles east on OK-28 right after Foyil. The totem poles are in nice condition and there is a gift ...  more »
  • We visited Totem Poll City with one nine year old, two eight year olds and 6 year old. The kids had fun running around the grounds, checking out the Totem poles and other displays. It's a fun quick st...  more »
  • We just had to stop and see this while on Route 66. What a crazy and amazing place!! I can only describe it as eccentric and I love that! Please don't miss this place if you are passing. Well worth a ...  more »
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  • The detail and imagination that went into the totem pole is fascinating, but the really neat thing to see is the handmade fiddle collection inside the gift shop. They are made of a variety of wood from all over the world. The shop also carries a variety of items made by local Cherokees.
  • Beautiful Art, Oklahoma History, Indian Jewelry in gift shop made locally, Great for taking a group on a site seeing trip, and dog friendly if you have your pets with you!
  • Decent free place to stop in real quick. Has some totem poles. Nothing too special.
  • Free roadside attraction. Good place to let the kids run.
  • The totem poles were ordinary, but the woman working inside was as friendly and helpful as you can get.