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Ed’s Dream

This place really was Ed Galloway’s dream – he started building what became Totem Pole Park in 1937, and continued adding to the place until his death in 1962. The place fell into disrepair after that, but by the late 1980s, Ed was recognized as one of America’s noteworthy folk artists and restoration work on the part was begun. This article notes that it’s taken longer to restore Ed’s creations than it took him to build them and that the original paint colors on the huge concrete totem pole have been duplicated with special, long-lasting paint.

If you’re in the area, you ought to stop by; admission’s free and in the mornings, it’s nicely shady.

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park
Foyil, Oklahoma
photographed 10.12.2021

PS: That’s the world’s largest concrete totem pole, in case you keep track of things like that.
PS: The place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
PS: Here’s the place in color.

Totem Pole Parking

Maybe you’ve hesitated to take your totem pole and get out on the road, not knowing where you could even park a totem pole. Lucky for you: I found the place, right here in Oklahoma. For trip-planning purposes, though, please not that you cannot park your totem pole overnight. Which sort of opens up some other complications, doesn’t it?

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park
Foyil, Oklahoma
photographed 10.12.2021

Blue Whale

I almost forgot to stop by to see the Blue Whale on my recent Oklahoma adventure. Fortunately I was able to make a quick turn and get there before I lost the light. Because no trip to Catoosa is complete without seeing the whale.

Catoosa, Oklahoma
photographed 10.11.2021

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