OREGON — Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business.
The Rockford Register Star reported that heavy-duty trailer manufacturing company E.D. Etnyre & Co. donated $100,000 this week for the Eternal Indian statue, colloquially known as Black Hawk.
The project in Oregon, Illinois involves recreating the statue's original mix of concrete and red granite to keep it standing for many more years.
Company owner Edward D. Etnyre was starting the business in 1910 when he furnished artist Lorado Taft with supplies for the 48-foot-tall (15-meter tall) icon.
The state Department of Natural Resources received a $350,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in May.
The Black Hawk Restoration Team is also raising funds for the restoration.
Elsah, the tiny town that hardly seems to have changed in the past 150 years, was named the state's top scenic spot by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project. It was followed by the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River from Galena to Cairo, and a remarkable statue of Black Hawk in northern Illinois.
2. Great River Road
The Great River Road along the Mississippi from Galena to Cairo takes drivers through old river towns, towering bluffs, fertile fields and unique historic sites.
3. Black Hawk Statue
Formally named "The Eternal Indian," this statue by Lorado Taft is an impressive sight all by itself. Put it on a bluff above the Rock River and you have one of the most beautiful spots in the state.
4. Garden of the Gods
Hills, forests and sandstone formations in the Shawnee National Forest combine to create one of the most dramatic landscapes in Illinois.
5. Starved Rock
A 2,600-acre park in La Salle County filled with waterfalls, steep canyons, hiking trails and lush foliage, plus important archaeological sites.
This river town in the state's northwest corner has a downtown of beautiful old buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The surrounding bluffs and hills provide gorgeous views.
7. Chicago lakefront
This 30-mile stretch of beaches, parks, museums and skyscrapers has been called Chicago's "undisputed crown jewel."
8. Giant City State
A haven for nature lovers, this park near Carbondale features huge sandstone bluffs, extensive trails and the remains of a stone fort built by Native Americans more than 1,000 years ago.
9. Allerton Park
Designated a "national natural landmark," this park near Monticello is filled with carefully maintained gardens and beautiful sculptures.
10. Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
The fort that once protected the village of Kaskaskia is long gone. What remains is a stunning view from the bluffs above the Mississippi River.