Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park

Foyil, Oklahoma

OklahomaRoadside Attraction

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma is known as the “World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole” and largest example of a folk art environment in Oklahoma.

The 9-acre Totem Pole Park is the work of Nathan Edward Galloway, who was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1880. Galloway enjoyed woodcarving as a child and grew up to be proficient in woodworking and blacksmithing, eventually establishing himself as one of Oklahoma’s premiere folk artists.

From 1937 to 1961, Galloway worked on the Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma. After many years teaching word working to orphans at Sand Springs Home, he retired to the property and spent the rest of his life constructing the ornate objects out of stone, concrete, reinforced steel, and wood.

The centerpiece of the park is a 90-foot tall totem pole made from 28 tons of concrete, scrap metal, and red sandstone with carved bas-relief designs. It reaches six stories high and at its widest is 30 feet in circumference. At the base is a giant sandstone turtle and, as your eyes travel upwards, you’ll see lizards, owls, and depictions of Native American chiefs in full headdress. At the top are four nine-foot Native Americans, each representing a different tribe. The giant totem pole is hollow, with a winding staircase inside (though, it is now locked to visitors). Galloway took eleven years to construct the piece, working on it from 1937 to 1948.

Besides the giant totem pole, you can find many other pieces of art on the property. Galloway built several other sculptures based on Native American art, like a giant arrowhead and concrete birds. There is also a 12-foot tall concrete tree trunk with holes for birds to live in and ornate picnic tables designed to look like animals, a barbecue/fireplace, and fish arch gates.

Also on the property is an eleven-sides building made to look like a Navajo hogan that serves as a museum called the “Fiddle House” where you can find Galloway’s collection of handmade fiddles among other art.

Ed Galloway passed away from cancer on November 11, 1962, leaving behind his artwork-filled property. In the following years many of the sculptures fell into disrepair and were vandalized and much of the art was stolen. In 1989 his family donated the property to the Rogers County Historical Society, who, with the help of the Foyil Heritage Association, still maintain the lot. In the 1990s the historical society, along with the Kansas Grassroots Art Association, took on a restoration project to return the site to its former glory. Restoration work still continues to make sure this Oklahoma roadside attraction will be visitable for years to come.

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Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park

Address:
21300 OK-28 A, Chelsea, OK 74016

Hours:
Dawn-Dusk, Daily

Cost:
Free, Donations Accepted

Phone Number:
(918) 283-8035

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Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma, here are some things to know before you go.

  • There’s a parking lot behind the property, which accommodates cars, RVs, and tour buses.
  • Picnic pavilions, a pet park, and a half mile wooded nature trail are located on the property.
  • While the park is open year-round, the Fiddle House Gift Shop & Museum are open seasonally, between March and December, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Chelsea Motor Inn

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Hotel Indigo

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