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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."
The 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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  • Even though the Totem Pole Park is several miles off of Route 66 it's considered one of those Route 66 "oddities". Whether you're traveling what's left of one of America's great highways or happen...  more »
  • I love how this creation by one man is being restored and kept open for the public to see. My husband and I must have spent 30 minutes just looking at the violins, made of 100+ types of wood. Be...  more »
  • Little off RT 66 but nice place to walk around and picnic lunch. Teens will not find it exciting. Totems are well kept and there is ample parking. Not worth a trip alone.  more »
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  • The establishment was clean and inviting. The staff were friendly, helpful and pleasant to help. They have a great museum, history of the area and there is a lot of information about the totem pole. They also have a picnic area. I highly recommend going there for all the history and attractions.
  • On our Route 66 trip we looked up sites to see and this one came up. The site is well maintained staffed with a volunteer at the small gift shop / museum who was very knowledgeable. Great place to stop for a picnic or just explore.
  • There were only a few totem poles but they were quite beautiful. Easy to park and a cool place to visit. It also has a nature trail
  • Very interesting. It is free to visit. When we were there the gift shop wasn't open even though the hours said it would be.
  • Detailed cement sculptures that were created by one man in the 1940s. It is a bit out of the way but definitely worth the trip. The huge totem is really amazing - I can't imagine the vision and effort that it took to create it.

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