file photo by Patrick Robinson
The original pole that stood for 40 years at the Belvedere Viewpoint on Admiral Way S.W. was removed in 2006 and given to the S.W. Historical Society for restoration purposes. A new pole was put in place there. It will be unveiled to the public this spring.

Restored totem pole to be unveiled at the Log House Museum this spring

For 40 years, a colorful 24 foot totem pole stood at Belvedere View Point Park on Admiral Way until it had become so deteriorated that the city parks department replaced it in 2006 with a new story pole.

The Parks Department gave the totem pole to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society with the understanding that it would be restored and raised once again, this time at the Historical Society's Log House Museum. The totem pole has been restored to its former glory, and the unveiling ceremony is fast approaching, coming up this spring for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

In a special luncheon for Chamber of Commerce members, Clay Eals, Executive Director of the Historical Society, will use a PowerPoint presentation and video to reveal rarely seen images of the carving and painting of the totem pole in 1966 and its careful and professional restoration.

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