Statue work not complete


Restoration work continues on the Black Hawk Statue near Oregon.

Work was scheduled to be completed on Nov. 4, but it will continue for a few more weeks. Weather permitting, the work should be done by the end of the month. Saturdays have been added to the work schedule and heaters have been brought to the site as well. Once repairs are completed, it will take two weeks to remove all equipment and fencing.

The original forms were used to pour new concrete for the arms of the statue, according to John Lindhorst, president of Oregon Together. The Illinois Conservation Foundation is overseeing the work.

Locally, $225,000 was raised for the project, including $100,000 donated last year by E.D. Etnyre & Co. The rest came from state matching funds. The 48-foot tall statue stands 125 feet above the Rock River. It brings about 400,000 visitors per year to the Oregon area.