There's no disputing that this
is a very tall totem pole. Carved by Ernest
Pierson and John Nelson from a single 500-year-old
redwood tree in 1961, it's 160 feet tall, weighs
57,000 pounds, and sits on a base that weighs
over two tons. Even so, at least four other
poles have laid claim to beating it. The tallest
ever documented, which has been dismantled for
reasons that remain unclear, once rose to 185
feet in Victoria, British Columbia. To decide
for yourself which pole deserves the superlative,
more information about the contenders.
Whether or not it is or ever
was the "tallest totem pole in the world"
the McKinleyville specimen is formidable enough
that it's challenging to capture it in a single
Behind the Safeway Store on Central Avenue
(If you click on "View Larger Map"
link below, select the street view, and pan
to the right, you can see the entire totem pole!)
1503 City Center Rd
McKinleyville, CA 95519