Lowden State Park

Guy Stephens

"Black Hawk" gazes over the Rock River from high atop a bluff in Lowden State Park once more.  Restoration on the Lorado Taft statue (which he called "The Eternal Indian")  is complete.  Work remains on the surrounding plaza at its base. But the tarp and scaffolding covering and obscuring the statue the last several years is gone. 

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Restoration of a monumental Illinois statue is scheduled to finish by year’s end. 

Lorado Taft called his statue in Lowden State Park overlooking the Rock River near Oregon “The Eternal Indian,” but it’s known to many as Black Hawk.

Guy Stephens

Work is finally set to begin on the restoration of an iconic Illinois statue.

Scaffolding has been erected around Lorado Taft’s statue. Known to many as “Black Hawk,” (Taft himself called it "The Eternal Indian") it overlooks the Rock River near Oregon. The crumbling concrete figure has been swaddled in black tarp the last few years to protect it from the elements. Soon, that will come off and restoration work will begin.  

Guy Stephens/ WNIJ

Restoration of an iconic Illinois statue is still waiting for money from the state.  A northern Illinois lawmaker says he wants to keep light on the matter, before it’s too late. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded $350,000 several years ago to help restore the landmark sculpture known as “Blackhawk” in Lowden State Park. That funding dried up during the budget impasse and was nowhere to be found in the last budget.