Totem Pole Park – must-see attraction just off of Route 66

Totem Pole Park – Ed Galloway

Hwy 28A
Foyil, OK
918-342-9149
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Sculpture environment

In the 1920s and 1930s, Ed taught industrial arts at a nearby state school. But by 1937, in his off-hours, using a lot of concrete and even more ingenuity, he built a genuine roadside attraction.

At the time, Route 66 ran right by his place, and the six-story cement totem pole he fashioned as the centerpiece of his park must have been hard to miss.

Sprinkled around the big one were other smaller, equally colorful totems, a picnic area, and his aptly named Round Room built to display violins Galloway also made (of wood, not concrete).

Totem poles and violins are an unlikely combination. And even though Ed isn’t a Native American, his appreciation and artistic use of Indian symbols and imagery hit home. His totems may not be authentic Native American art, but they are uniquely American in their own way.

This World’s Largest is 90 ft tall and 18 ft in diameter. Made from 100 tons of sand and rock, 28 tons of cement and 6 tons of steel. There are over 200 different carved images, with 4 nine foot Indian chiefs near the top, and too 11 years to create the park.

Only four miles off of 66, this is a must-see. Now, a designated Hampton “Save-A-Landmark” site.

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