Totem Pole Park, Foyil
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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.Make Totem Pole Park part of your personalized Foyil itinerary using our Foyil vacation planner.
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It's a few miles down a country road off of Route 66 -- a little tricky to find. Once there, there are great photo ops. Classic Route 66! The Fiddle House/gift shop is small and consists mostly of fid... read more »
The world's largest totem pole was built in 1948, the same year I was born. I've visited here a couple of times before, but not since the 70's. It has aged well. This park has a gift shop but it was c... read more »
You really have to watch for the entrance to this one as it is poorly marked. But once there, it is a fascinating structure and a true Route 66 Icon.The story behind the artist and these structures is... read more »
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.
Decent free place to stop in real quick. Has some totem poles. Nothing too special.
Simply cannot say enough about the park, just GO, wander, speak with the very knowledgeable Cherokee volunteer in the gift shop. Personally, I am wondering, hoping, and scheming to get back with my girlfriend, who is addicted to outsider art. LOVE.
Great Roadside attraction. A must stop
Free roadside attraction. Good place to let the kids run.
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