Totem Bight State Historical Park

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Totem Bight State Historical Park
Totem Bight Community House, Mud Bight Village, North Tongass Highway, Ketchikan vicinity (Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska).jpg
Location Mile 10.5 of the North Tongass Highway, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, USA
Area 33 acres (13 ha)
Created 1959
Operated by Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Totem Bight State Historic Site
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Totem Bight State Historical Park is located in Alaska
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Nearest city Ketchikan, Alaska
Coordinates 55°25′12″N 131°46′21″W / 55.42000°N 131.77250°W / 55.42000; -131.77250Coordinates: 55°25′12″N 131°46′21″W / 55.42000°N 131.77250°W / 55.42000; -131.77250
Area 8.5 acres (3.4 ha)
Built 1940
Architect Brown, Charles; Et al.
NRHP reference # 70000916[1]
AHRS # KET-014
Added to NRHP October 27, 1970

Totem Bight State Historical Park is a 33-acre (13 ha) state park in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located north of Ketchikan.

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.[2]

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.[2] At statehood in 1959, title to the land passed from the federal government to the State of Alaska.

The historic site, comprising 8.5 acres (3.4 ha) of the park, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 27, 1970.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Totem Bight State Historical Park". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-10-24.

External links

  • 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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