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Chief Johnson Totem Pole

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #18 of 21 Attractions in Ketchikan
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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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236 reviews 236 reviews
58 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
24 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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284 reviews 284 reviews
175 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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93 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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