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WORLD'S LARGEST TOTEM POLE
McKinleyville, California
World's Largest Totem Pole

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, here's more information about the contenders.

World's Largest Totem Pole

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 photo frame.

Location:
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

Photographed by Megan Edwards 5/30/06
Posted on RoadTrip America 2/09



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