Friday, November 16, 2012

On the NRHP and Just Off the Lincoln

From the Nov. 25, 2011, Ogle "Black Hawk Statue."

Oregon's (Illinois) most famous landmark is now on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as of Nov. 5th.  Kind of surprising it wasn't on the list earlier.  It is an important work in the history of American sculpture by famed Lorado Taft.

The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce estimates the statue gets 400,000 visitors a year.

Most call it the Black Hawk statue, but the 50-foot high Sauk medicine man statue is not really him.  It is the largest monolith poured concrete statue in the United States, built in 1910 and unveiled and dedicated in 1911.  It stands tall and proud on a bluff overlooking the Rock River and is owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

As can be expected with something that old, there are repair concerns with it, so hopefully this will help.

The statue is fairly close to the Lincoln Highway and has been an side trip for its travelers right since the road first opened in 1913.

Impressive Piece of Work.  --RoadDog

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