BLACK HAWK STATUE, at Eagle's Nest Bluff in Lowden State Park, one mile north of Oregon, Illinois. This statue, as conceived and completed by Lorado Taft the famous sculptor, represents an idealization of the Indian American who once enjoyed the Rock River Valley as their own and left it in sorrow. The figure, commonly called Black Hawk, stands 48 feet in height and stands 300 feet above the bed of the Rock River. Used in the construction was 268 tons of cement. Lorado Taft built it on this site with little help beyond his own resources. Governor Lowden dedicated the statue July 4, 1911 and in 1944 it became the property of the State of Illinois.