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Chief Johnson Totem Pole

Address: Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #20 of 24 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Ketchikan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ketchikan has always boasted an amazing collection of art right down town. Native carvings about and this totem is another beautiful example. Located near Creek Street it is an easy walk from the cruise ship docks. On the way you will probably pass by the Chief Kian pole. Another stunning example of totem art.

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Machias, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is such a beautiful totem pole -- very nicely preserved. I liked the fact that it is so centrally located in Ketchikan. I also liked their label copy -- it is very easy reading and one can read about all the animals that are carved into the totem pole and then easily find their location on the pole. We... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We saw this tall totem pole near Creek Street while walking around Ketchikan from our cruise ship. It is also known as the Kadjuk Pole and is 55 feet tall. It is a replica of the original one which is being restored. It is one of many totem poles you can see in Ketchikan. Make sure you read the nearby... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

This totem pole is easy to see during any tour of the city. It tells a great story and is beautiful to look at. I agree that it would be good to read up on totem poles so you know what you're seeing but the plaque and our guide did a great job of explaining things to us.

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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

As a single attraction to visit, it is difficult to appreciate properly, because its is only by looking at other poles and comparing and contracting their histories and styles that you can really begin to understand their significance. Otherwise, this is just a totem pole stuck decoratively along the side of a street and you might not be all that... More 

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Secaucus, New Jersey
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The totem pole is a short walk through town and has a brief history on plaques at the site. There are others but this one is of great historical value.

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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

this was one of several totem poles we encountered during our walk in town. it is fascinating to see the different images they incorporate in the story telling on the different poles. there really are lots of poles here in Ketchikan and they are just part of the town and it is neat to see them as you wander around

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Apopka, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Chief Johnson Totem Pole was located to our walk to Creek Street. This was a replica raised here in 1901 to honor the Kadjuk House of the Raven Clan. The replica was carved in 1989.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Amazed at the Totem poles = each one different, and very well carved. Wherever one looks there is one !!!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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