Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Totem Pole Park Added to List

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Totem Pole Park Added to List

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FOYIL (JR) -- Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, which became famous as a folk art tourist attraction near Foyil and historic Route 66, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, it was announced by Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch.

Carolyn Comfort and Jim Reid of the Rogers County Historical Society, which owns and operates the park, will receive the certificate during the Statewide Preservation Conference in Woodward this weekend.

The Totem Pole Park is significant for its association with Galloway as a premier Oklahoma folk artists, said Heisch, and for its folk art. "It is one of the few well-recognized folk art environments in the United States," said Heisch. "It maintains exceptional integrity of location, setting, design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association." Nathan Edward Galloway developed the park from 1937 until his death in 1962. A folk artist who started carving wood as a boy, Galloway had lived and worked in Sand Springs for years before 1937, teaching, making furniture and carving wood. …

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