Totem Bight State Historical Park
|Totem Bight State Historical Park|
|Location||Mile 10.5 of the North Tongass Highway, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, USA|
|Area||33 acres (13 ha)|
|Operated by||Alaska Department of Natural Resources|
Totem Bight State Historic Site
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
|Nearest city||Ketchikan, Alaska|
|Area||8.5 acres (3.4 ha)|
|Architect||Brown, Charles; Et al.|
|NRHP reference #||70000916|
|Added to NRHP||October 27, 1970|
Description and history
The park is located on the former site of a traditional Native campground known as Mud Village and Mud Bight Village. It contains a collection of totem poles and a replica of a traditional chieftain's house. This wood-frame structure has a low oval entrance, leading into a square chamber with a central fire pit, decorated with carved "house posts". A stylized raven adorns the main facade. The carvings on the house were executed by Charles Brown, a Native from Saxman.
The United States Forest Service used Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) funds to hire skilled carvers from among the older Native Alaskans to repair or duplicate totem poles that were abandoned when the natives moved to communities where work was available. The CCC project built the community house and placed 15 totem poles, most of them replicas of 19th-century poles. At statehood in 1959, title to the land passed from the federal government to the State of Alaska.
- List of Alaska state parks
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "NRHP nomination for Totem Bight State Historical Park". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
- Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation - Totem Bight State Historical Park
- Totem Bight State Historical Park at The Living New Deal Project
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