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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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  • We visited on our Route 66 road trip. Such a fun stop! How amazing that one guy did all of this. So artistry and craftsmanship. It is obvious that more care is needed to preserve these great pieces of...  more »
  • Totem pole park is a small park with some interesting structures; one being the largest totem pole... although it is much different than any totem pole I had ever seen. I consider it more a novelty an...  more »
  • One of the many attractions of the route 66 enthusiast created 60 years ago. Cute and only. The sense of being misunderstood.
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  • Great historic stop that takes you back to a bygone era. Ed Galloway's work, using many different media (paint, wood, concrete), is very interesting with a unique beauty. Two picnic shelters, a one-of-a-kind 6-seat concrete picnic table, and another two concrete tables with chairs are available for use. An easy half-mile trail is available behind the park for a walk in the woods. I think the well-kept porta potty relic by the trail should also be entered into the register of historic places.
  • Although I totally expected that this place would be in disrepair, it's actually quite nice! With a cute trail too. Only 1/2 mile but perfect for stretching legs. Worth checking out.
  • Awesome art work made from rocks. I'm proud to see them restored
  • Loved it. Our boys loved it to! Ages 12 & 11
  • A little out of the way but a nice roadside attraction. Good for picnics, nature trails not far away.

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