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110-Year-Old Tacoma Totem Pole At Risk
While we’re poking around in the Landmarks Preservation Commission packet for this week’s meeting, here’s another potential item of interest: the 110-year-old Tacoma Totem Pole that stands in Fireman’s Park at 9th and A Street has been found to have issues with structural integrity.
A recent inspection of the pole found “very soft wet deteriorated wood” at the base, which significantly compromises the wind load capacity and seismic stability of the pole. On April 12, the Public Works Director ordered the totem pole to be stabilized, and the surrounding park area to be fenced off.
The pole, originally carved and installed in 1903, was designated a landmark in 1975. A briefing at this week’s Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting will provide the Commission with a status update and discuss the future plans for the pole.
UPDATE: The Daily Index has some more details on the history of the totem pole, which was apparently originally commissioned by a couple of Tacoma businessmen annoyed by the press Seattle was getting for its totem pole.
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