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Chief Johnson Totem Pole

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #16 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
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Los Angeles, California
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251 reviews 251 reviews
75 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We saw the Chief Johnson Totem Pole during our walk through Ketchikan. At 55 feet tall, it’s one of the tallest totem poles we spotted in Ketchikan, if not the tallest. Located near the beginning of Creek Street, it’s a “story pole” that depicts the legend of Fog Woman and the creation of Salmon. At the top of the pole... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

So, if you're walking by on the way to Creek Street, it's worth stopping to read the sign. Other than that, it just provides ambiance to the town and its heritage. For a great look at totem poles, go to the heritage center up the hill.

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Wheatland, California
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33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This isn't much of an attraction since it is just a totem pole in town, but it was a beautiful piece of native Alaskan artwork. I loved the eagle on top of the totem pole. If I remember correctly, this is not the original totem pole, but a replica.

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Krakow, Poland
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31 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

One of the tallest totem poles, right in the city center, at the end/beg of Creek Street, at the museum. Good located even for those who came by passenger cruiser... Not so far, walking distance, closer then Saxman Try to read the history written on this pole with symbols... not that easy, so ask elders or at the museum

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venice, florida
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14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

this totem restored by local artist israel stockridge is awe-inspiring. we loved looking at it and would like some more information on what all the totem symbols mean. we will definitely be doing some research on it all. if we had more time, we would have loved to have seen the totem park about 2.5 miles from this pole.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
75 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Chief Johnson totem is on Creek Street and very much a part of the history of the area. This is a replica with the original being restored.

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israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

It was a historic place and a lot of information learned.It's amazing how the create a historical symbol to honor its people.

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The totem standing in town is a replica, as the original was deteriorating. The Tlingit docent at the Totem Heritage Center advised us to look through the windows into the basement of the building to see the original pole. It is laying there awaiting stabilization, and hopefully future display. It is so big that it has been cut into several... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

It is a charming town. You can walk it all and it is going to take about 1.5 hrs. It's hard to miss Chief Johnson totem pole. It is located right next to the main town's attraction - Creek street.

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