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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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  • Love this place! The totem poles are beautiful. There is also a nature trail 👣 with a nice little creek. AND a dog walking area for the pups. All in all a great place for nature loving families. My wife and I are seriously considering having our wedding here.
  • Always fun and interesting to see a Route 66 roadside attraction. The world's largest (concrete) totem pole. Be aware that the museum and information center is only open during the summer months. But no matter what time of year it is, it's a nice place to stop and stretch your legs and see a Route 66 icon. Worth the stop.
  • Now this place is off in the woods so you don't would not normally expected but the actual structures that are there are the teepees are really fascinating and they're really nice look at I understand why is an attraction and the kids enjoy it makes beautiful pictures I recommended and there's no admission fee so it's something you can go look at it and the structures are amazing
  • Great time with friends been Oklahoma native for 46 years and never been here largest totem pole in world built in 1948 only open on weekends check hours also check historic registry of national sites it's on there
  • This is a really neat piece of Americana. It is free But be sure to see the museum that is attached to it the fiddles are amazing and it is amazing one man built this all
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