History of Rotary View Point Totem Pole
Rotary View Point Park was once just another piece of city-owned property, overgrown by weeds and a depository for discarded cans and refuse. Voices of protest were heard by Norm Beers, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Executive and long time Rotarian. He challenged Rotary to do something about it.
The challenge was accepted and during the ensuing years Rotary View Point plans began to unfold, resulting in one of the most colorful view points in the city. The site overlooking the West Seattle Golf Course comprises a sweeping view of the City of Seattle. With the background of the snow covered Cascade Mountain Range, majestic Mount Rainier serves as a beacon above the surrounding landscape.
Project view Point Park was completed and formally presented to the City of Seattle in August 1976, before a large assemblage of civic dignitaries and community citizens.
Dominating the park is an eighteen foot totem pole, carved by Robin Young, a Northwest Indian. The totem pole symbolizes the early history of Puget Sound Indians. Symbols include the "Thunderbird", the "Whale", the "Beaver", and the "Raven".
About 1982 the pole required some paint and refurbishing which was done by a local volunteer.
Again in 1992 the Park Dept. removed the totem pole to refurbish the base and make it earthquake proof. While it was down Jack Henderson rebuilt and attached all missing and broken parts. Jack and Pat Henderson then repainted the entire pole before it was again put in place at a special ceremony on the 24th of Nov. 1992.
Last week the totem pole was stolen from the park. It has been found in Salem, Oregon and we hope to get it back soon.
We are collecting resources to help restore and rightfully place our community treasure. No timelines or details have been set. We are working with Parks & Rec and will keep the community aware of our efforts.
Thanks for your support of these efforts. Your donation to the Rotary Club of West Seattle's Totem Pole Restoration Fund is tax deductible. Make your check payable to: West Seattle Rotary Club Service Foundation.
Thanks for all of your help.