The Eternal Indian (Black Hawk) Statue / Lowden State Park Oregon, IL
Standing nearly 48 feet tall, located on a 77 foot tall bluff in Lowden State Park and overlooking the nearby Rock River is a statue named, The Eternal Indian, but also called the Black Hawk Statue.
The statue was created by Lorado Taft in 1911, according to Taft the statue represents the unconquerable spirit of Native American. The statue design includes motifs from several different tribal cultures. It was in part inspired by the life of Black Hawk (1767-1838), who was a leader and warrior of the Sauk Tribe.
he statue weighs in at 536,770 pounds and is said to be the second largest concrete monolithic statue in the world (after Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro). In 2019 the statue would be named on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2020, renovations to the statue were completed after years of fundraising and delays to restoration.
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