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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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  • September 26, 2017
    Just a few short miles off the Route. Nice place to stretch your legs and perhaps even have a picnic. The totem poles are pretty cool.  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Weather was great for a walk in Totem Pole Bright Park. The guide did a great job giving us info. about the poles and clan house. We were running late for the tour but the guide was able to get it all...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    We had a little trouble finding Totem Pole Park. My car GPS sent me to the wrong place and we had to do a little backtracking to get here. It was worth it though. Took lots of pictures of the totem po...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    Loved it. Our boys loved it to! Ages 12 & 11
  • January 28, 2017
    A little out of the way but a nice roadside attraction. Good for picnics, nature trails not far away.
  • January 26, 2017
    Nice little stop. Family relaxing.
  • June 4, 2017
    Neat park, near shop.

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