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Illinois Adventures: The Eternal Indian

While Lorado Taft’s "Eternal Indian” is currently wrapped in plastic awaiting repair a team of leaders in Oregon, IL hope to restore it to the splendor in this photo (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Restoration Team)

While Lorado Taft’s "Eternal Indian” is currently wrapped in plastic awaiting repair a team of leaders in Oregon, IL hope to restore it to the splendor in this photo (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Restoration Team)

Periodically over the spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe has hit the road to visit some of the region’s great road side attractions. The road trip vacation distractions came into their heyday before the arrival of the interstate highways, and they’re still out there ready to break up a long drive. For this Illinois Adventure, Brian went to learn more about what may be the state’s original roadside attraction

A kiosk at the Eternal Indian statue site tells the story of the concrete statue, its designer, and the people that made it possible

A kiosk at the Eternal Indian statue site tells the story of the concrete statue, its designer, and the people that made it possible

The Eternal Indian statue is wrapped in plastic awaiting a complete restoration project

The Eternal Indian statue is wrapped in plastic awaiting a complete restoration project

The Eternal Indian has enjoyed this incredible view of the Rock River Valley for nearly 110 years

The Eternal Indian has enjoyed this incredible view of the Rock River Valley for nearly 110 years

The Surprise In A Funeral Home Basement

Behind a plain wooden door in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home is a nine hole miniature golf course and game room

Behind a plain wooden door in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home is a nine hole miniature golf course and game room

Periodically this spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe is taking listeners on an Illinois Adventure. He’s visiting some staples of classic road-trips. You may think roadside attractions are a thing of the past, but they’re still out there and there are plenty within a short drive of the Chicago area.

Hole #1 through the sand and past the skull

Hole #1 through the sand and past the skull

The miniature golf course in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home has a haunted theme, owner Doug Ahlgrim says “What else would you expect from a funeral home.”

The miniature golf course in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home has a haunted theme, owner Doug Ahlgrim says “What else would you expect from a funeral home.”