Statue returns to Ottumwa after extensive work

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The 119-year-old Chief Wapello statue is back in Ottumwa, nearly a year after high winds sent it tumbling down from its spot atop the Wapello County Courthouse

The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/15ETbpG ) the 450-pound statue returned Monday after a months-long restoration in Omaha, Neb.

The 11-foot-tall statue honoring Fox Indian Chief Wapello needed plenty of work after its aging metal supports snapped last June during a wind storm and the artwork crashed to a roof below.

The statue had been in its place of honor since the courthouse was completed in 1894, though it was lowered once for repairs in the 1950s.

Jensen Conservation director Rob Jensen says repairs cost about $23,000, which will be covered by insurance.

The statue will be returned to its high perch later this summer.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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