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Posts tagged "Bronze Statue"

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Ruth Ann Dodge Memorial

Lafayette Avenue & N 2nd Street

Council Bluffs, IA

Known locally as the “Black Angel,” this solid bronze statue was inspired by three visions experienced by Mrs. Dodge in the fall of 1916, before her death. This prominent Council Bluffs resident was the wife of Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, chief construction engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad.

After her death, two of Mrs. Dodge’s daughters commissioned Daniel Chester French to sculpt a likeness of the angel in their mother’s vision. The statue took approximately two years to complete, at the cost of $40,000. French created the seated statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He subsequently said he felt the “Angel” was his best work. It is signed and dated by him on the bottom of the statue. The monument was dedicated in 1920 and has three Biblical inscriptions.

In June 1984, restoration of the monument, along with additional landscaping began. Corrosion was cleaned off the statue and water began to flow again from the Angel’s vessel. The stone aggregate basin was rebuilt and the original steps were reset. Lighting, walkways and wrought iron fencing were also added around the monument.

Many feel this angel is haunted or supernatural and it is not unusual to catch people holding or trying to hold some sort of ritual or look for paranormal activity.