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Photo: Black Hawk in need of repairs

November 9, 2011

Efforts to raise funds to repair the Black Hawk Statue in Lowden State Park in Oregon, Ill., continue. The concrete statue, created by Lorado Taft beginning in 1908 and dedicated in 1911, has developed major cracks and is in desperate need of repair. Over the years, the statue has undergone major restoration and landscaping, and lights were added in the 1950s. Relatively minor patch-and-fill projects were done in the 1980s and 1990s, but moisture has seeped in, and major cracks have been developing. A feasibility study conducted by a private not-for-profit foundation indicates that more than $350,000 will be needed to restore the statue to its original glory. A year-long fund-raising campaign was launched in July, and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) fund called “Friends of the Black Hawk Statue Fund” has been set up. Readers wishing to make contributions may send them to: Friends of the Black Hawk Statue Fund, P.O. Box 537, Sterling, IL 61081. Black Hawk, said to be the second-largest concrete monolithic statue in the world, stands 125 feet above the Rock River and weighs 536,770 pounds. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places Nov. 5, 2009, and attracts 200,000 visitors each year. (Photo by Gary Haynes)

From the Nov. 9-15, 2011, issue

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