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.