The Worlds largest concrete Totem Pole was built over a span of 11 years, from 1937 to 1948, by Ed Galloway.
Ed Galloway retired in 1937, Ed and his wife moved to the property where the Totem pole sits today in Foyil, Oklahoma, off of Route 66. Ed Galloway kept himself busy during his retirement years all the way up to the time of his death in 1962. Ed Galloway was a workaholic and would rise at 5.00 a.m. everyday and continue work until sunset.
Ed Galloway built his Totem Pole working with one bucket at a time covering the stone and steel. The Totem Pole was built using 28 tons of cement, 6 tons of steel, and 100 tons of sand and rock, all native materials. The Totem Pole stands approx 90 feet (27m) in height. (6 stories high).The base is 30 feet (9m) wide. The Totem Pole rests on the back of a colorfully painted turtle.
The Totem Pole was made in a tribute to the American Indians; it features 200 carved pictures, four nine-foot Indians near the top, each representing a different tribe. There are sculptures and brightly painted renditions of spirit lizards, owls, and headdressed Indian Chiefs the climb to the pinnacle. The Indians at the top are 9 feet tall, and are of Geronimo (Apache) on the West, Sitting Bull (Sioux) on the North, Chief Joseph (Nez Peres’) on the East, and a Comanche Chief on the South.
The Totem Pole sits it what is called Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park, on 14 acre’s (15,000 m2), the park consists of eleven objects and one building. The park features an eleven-sided “Fiddle House”, supported inside and out by 25 concrete totem poles, 4 smaller concrete totems, two ornate concrete picnic tables with animal formed seats, and a barbecue, and fours sets of animal formed gate posts, and a 12 foot concrete tree trunk, with holes for birds to nest in.
Ed Galloway died at the age of 82, and his favorite saying was, All my life, I did the best I knew; I built these things by the side of the road to be a friend to you.