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With the growth of non-native settlements in southeast Alaska at the beginning of the 20th century and the decline of the barter economy, locals moved into communities where Labor was available. The villages and totem poles they left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by the weather. In 1938, the US Forest Services began a program to rescue and reconstruct these large cedar monuments. Two things were achieved through the use of funds from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to hire skilled carvers among the older natives: young craftsmen learned the art of carving totem poles, and Totems that had been rotted in the forest were either repaired or duplicated . When the Second World War slowed down the CCC project, the town hall and 15 pews were available. The name of the site was then changed to Totem Bight. When the state was founded in 1959, ownership of the Land passed from the federal government to the state of Alaska, and the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. At that time, it was under the direction of the State Department of Natural Resources for the continuation of historic preservation by the Department of Parks and outdoor recreation.
Address: 9883 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Area: 8 acres
Phone: (907) 247-8574
Year built: 1940
Added to NRHP: October 27, 1970
NRHP Reference Number: 70000916
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