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Wapello County: Ottumwa
GPS Coordinates: 41.034366 by -92.408816
Civil War Soldier Wooden Sculpture
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Thank you to John Richards of Ottumwa for sending a photo and information about this attractive monument. Here is what he wrote, "The statue is of a Civil War soldier with an American flag draped over his shoulder. The statue is a chainsaw carving by renowned Des Moines artist, Gary Keenan. It is about 11 feet tall and stands in our Civil War cemetery, a part of the Ottumwa Cemetery. The monument is made from a white oak tree estimated to be 250-300 years old which died from oak wilt fungus. We did not wish to lose a tree that was growing during the Civil War so I had the idea of making it into a sentry guarding his fallen comrades. The Ottumwa Arts Council became involved and the Legacy Foundation funded the project. Now the beautiful tree has been transformed into a monument honoring veterans past and present." The photo was taken 8/14/19.
Take Court Street North from the business district to the Ottumwa Cemetery. The monument is very visible from the street.