Kalama, Washington: Tallest Totem Pole From One Tree (In Transition)

Skinny, white, and 140 feet tall. Stands on a riverbank, out in the open, so everyone can admire its height. Totem pole purists dismiss this pole, as it was not carved by indigenous people. 2019: On the ground, undergoing repairs.

Address:
215 Hendrickson Drive, Kalama, WA
Directions:
I-5 exit 27. Turn west on Robb Rd, then immediately right (north) onto Dupont Rd. Drive a hundred yards, then turn right onto Port Rd/Hendrickson Drive. Drive two miles north, paralleling the freeway. You'll see a playground on the left, with the totem pole behind it. Parking lot is just past the playground.
Hours:
July 2019: Under repair.
Status:
In Transition
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McMennimen's is building a new event center and hotel where the Tallest Totem will be exhibited, hanging horizontally under the A frame roof. I've seen the architectural rendering and it's gorgeous. The pole, carved from a 700-year-old Western Red Cedar, stood 140 feet high, but it has rotted from the inside out and cannot be repaired to stand any longer. This photo was taken in 2018 before the Tallest Totem was grounded. You can see how much taller it is than the Thunderbird-topped totem beside it. Local Native American craftsman Don Lelooska began work on the totems for display at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but he did not finish in time.

[Lea Cook, 08/30/2021]

Totem pole on the ground.

Tallest Totem Pole From One Tree

The Tallest Totem Pole is on the ground now, but still cool!

[Hana, 01/31/2019]
Tallest Totem Pole From One Tree

Visit this soon because it's coming down due to dry rot.

[Lisa King, 07/08/2018]

Totem pole from one tree.

World's Tallest Totem Pole Carved From One Tree

So the sign claims. 140 feet tall, with three additional poles and a full description on signs. On the riverbank of the Columbia River.

[Vanna, 07/10/2016]

The poles were carved by Don "Chief Lelooska" Smith. He hoped to display them at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but couldn't finish in time. They've stood here since 1974.


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