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“Living History”

Potlatch Totem Park
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Totem Bight and Potlatch Park plus Ketchikan City Tour
Ranked #12 of 56 things to do in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Living History”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

As you walk around the grounds of Potlatch you see the the amazing history that has helped to build our country. When you step inside the carving area you see the Master Carver actually creating replica totems so that the history never fades.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Adriennevh
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English first
Port Orchard, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Surprise by the sea”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Eagles, wolves, sea monster with neck scales built by children in classroom by old cars. Would you believe a Chalmers and a Stanley Steamer, all by the sea. A museum with antique guns and Alaska animals (taxidermy) & store with alaska products galore (something for everyone) and more cars (air cooled Franklin and others). Totems by native buildings with great native art, totem carving, and a native "community" lodge. All in a compact walkable area, some slight slope. Could have spent a lot more time there.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Neil W
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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133 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Many Many Totems”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

It's was one of the side tours that we signed up for on our cruise. To be honest I wasn't wild about going when my wife signed us up. BUT it turned out to be a wonderful time and very educational and just fun. Our guide/driver was great and really made the trip through town and at Potlatch Park. We learned a lot about totems and saw how they were made by the resident carver who answered questions about the process from start to finish. 3 out of 5 would be our rating.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank DalenM782
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Quaint and out of the way, but worth the trip”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We asked the locals "What would you do if you were visiting Ketchican?". That is how we found the totem park. There were 2 totems "under construction" as well as an antique (30s and 40s) car display and an antique guns on display including a Civil War gatlin gun. After a brief walk through a wilderness path, we were treated to these great sites. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Partially a state park, there was no entrance fee. A potlatch lodge and a few out buildings ringed the totem park itself. We spent a very enjoyable hour there, arriving and leaving on a local bus--Sr rate $.50. You can't beat that bargain.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Sally C
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Jackson, Wyoming
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Representation of Tlingit Native Alaskan Village”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We went from a cruise ship and had a terrific tour guide. It was interesting and informative. We liked the clan houses and other village houses. Of course, we enjoyed the totem poles. The highlight was the young man carving the totem pole. Although I am not into antique cars, I have to admit that I enjoyed them.

Visited July 2013
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