Travelers are still coming from far and wide to see one of Rogers County’s favorite Route 66 attractions—Totem Pole Park.
At best guess, Director David Anderson said they count the park’s 2018 guests to be well over 10,000.
“ Total documented visitors were 10,498. 1,408 of these were from countries outside the United States. We document visitors only when the gift shop is open from 12 to 5 each day, March through November. These numbers include visitors who sign the gift shop guest book, and include some visitors that were observed by gift shop employees but did not sign. We estimate the numbers could represent only half of the total visitors,” Anderson explained.
Guests typically note the town, state and country they call home in the park guest book.
“Usually Great Britain and Germany are leading countries, however Asian countries seem to be increasing,” Anderson said.
Further breaking down their 2018 success, Anderson said, “During the summer months an average of 1,800 monthly visitors will access the parks Google site through a Google search. The park enjoys a Google rating of 4.6 out of 5.”
Located in Foyil, the park has been on the National Register of Historic Places since March of 1999.
Anderson added, “Many locals do not recognize the importance of Historic Route 66 to our communities and local economies. Most of the park’s visitors are traveling Historic Route 66 and their numbers document this importance.”