Waveland Clock Tower and Kwagulth Totem Pole

Waveland Clock Tower

When the population pushed north in the 1920s local commissioners approved a field house for the lakefront at Waveland. Field houses were popular on the south side, because they could accommodate the growing popularity of outdoor sports.

When local resident Annie Woolford died in 1927 she left $50,000 to construct a carillon tower that she had seen as a child in Massachusetts. The tower was added to the field house. The Chicago-based J. C. Deagan installed the tubular bell chimes that no longer ring, but still work. The small clocks which are about the size of a hand run the huge hands of the clocks.

Kwagulth Totem Pole

The plaque below the totem pole reads: Kwanusila the Thunderbird, is an authentic Kwagu’ł totem pole, carved in Red Cedar by Tony Hunt of Fort Rupert, British Columbia. The crests carved upon the totem pole represent Kwanusila the Thunderbird, a whale with a man on its back, and a sea monster.

Many people do not realize that totem poles were only regionally used by First Nations along the coastal areas of British Columbia. Kwanusila is an exact replica of the original Kraft Lincoln Park totem pole, which was donated to the City of Chicago by James L. Kraft on June 20, 1929, and which stood on the spot until October 9, 1985. It was discovered some years before the pole was moved, that a pole of this type did not exist in the types at the Provincial British Columbia Museum located in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Arrangements were made for a duplicate of the Chicago original to be made by the same Amerindian tribe that made the original. A request was made and approved by the Chicago Park District for the original totem pole which existed here to be presented back to British Columbia. Kwanusila is dedicated to the school children of Chicago, and was presented to the City of Chicago by Kraft, Inc. on May 21, 1986.

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