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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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  • The Totem Pole park is a beautifully restored and maintained attraction that will delight every member of the family. Completely free but donations are accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the p...  more »
  • Probably one of the coolest things we have seen. There are several totem poles and statues around this area. Parking was plentiful and easy. The totem pole is simply amazing. You can see up through th...  more »
  • You cannot believe what one man did my hand. I cannot imagine the backbreaking labor he put into The sculptures. The detail work is phenomenal. Looking at pictures on website nowhere near compares to stand being in front of them. The lady in the gift shop so nice and informative. And to think she has lived on the premises for 20 some years
  • Loved it. Wish we knew about the gift shop hours and days closed due to season. Would like to go back again and see the fiddles. Can stop and have a picnic there for a break and kids can stretch their legs.

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