Engineers surveying damage at 1911 Indian statue

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

OREGON – Engineers are inspecting a massive, concrete statue of a Native American overlooking the Rock River in northern Illinois to determine its condition.

The 48-foot-tall Eternal Indian statue was built on a bluff near the Ogle County town of Oregon 102 years ago to honor all American Indians.

A 1911 newspaper article says sculptor Lorado Taft indicated the statue was inspired by Black Hawk, but was not a likeness of the famous Sauk Indian leader.

Structural engineers are using high-tech scanners to investigate damage to the statue, which has cracks and large pieces of dislodged concrete.

Assessment and repairs are expected to cost more than $625,000.

The site is in Lowden State Park about 20 miles southwest of Rockford, and draws about 400,000 visitors a year.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Huskie Bowl Press Conference - April 16, 2014

More videos

Reader Poll

Do you think you are healthier this year than you were a year ago?
Yes
No, I'm about the same
No, I'm less healthy