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Black Hawk Historic Site Rock Island, Illinois

In the dining room of the Black Hawk State Historic Site lodge are two oil on canvas murals depicting Indian life. They are in the process of being renovated. Although the artist was unidentified for many years, recent research has revealed that Otto Hake was the painter. One of the murals is entitled “Chief Blackhawk – Winter Round House” and is 18′ x 8’6″. The other is named “Sauk and Fox Indians – Summer Long House” and is 15′ x 18’6″. Originally these painting were intended for installation in another building but were transferred to the lodge in order to preserve them. Unfortunately the murals did not fit the space and a small portion of the outer perimeter was cut off to fit them into their mountings. The murals are on display during regular lodge hours.