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Totem Pole Park, Foyil

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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TripAdvisor
  • This was a neat attraction to visit, but not something that is worth going far out of your way for it. But if you're in the area, it's worth checking it out. The big totem is really impressive to see ...  more »
  • A few miles from Route 66, signs are just at crossing, keep on eye crossing 28A. Totem pole park is free and cool place to see.  more »
  • The gift shop wasn't open when we were there and it was a little muddy from all the rains but I'm glad we got to see this Route 66 icon.  more »
Google
  • A little out of the way but a nice roadside attraction. Good for picnics, nature trails not far away.
  • Nice little stop. Family relaxing.
  • Neat park, near shop.