The Wacinton Totem In Paducah
- Date Visited: October 21, 2022
- Address: Paducah, KY 42001
- GPS: 37.08373, -88.63558
- Hours: 24/7
- Price: Free
While visiting the wall to wall murals in Paducah, Kentucky we drove by a cool looking wood totem and decided to stop and check it out.
The Wacinton Totem was hand chiseled from a local 56,000 pound Red Oak by sculptor Peter “Wolf” Toth. It was dedicated to the city on May 26, 1985, and is meant to honor the Chickasaw Indians who once lived in the area.
In 1972 (maybe 1971) the artist began creating a series of giant wooden sculptures of Native Americans for every state in the nation and Wacinton is #50 in the series.
His headdress was damaged in a storm years ago and the artist had to repair it.
The statue can be found near the entrance of Noble Park (GPS coordinates above). You can park in the Jaycees parking lot (it’s no longer in business) and walk to it.
Wacinton is a very nice wooden statue and if you’re in town why not take a couple of minutes out of your day to admire the craftsmanship that went into this piece of art.