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Blair, Nebraska: Tower of the Four Winds

44 feet tall, it's a memorial to author John G. Neihardt and Black Elk, Lakota Sioux holy man.

Black Elk-Neihardt Park

32nd St., Blair, NE
Hwy 30 north from town to juncture with Hwy 75; continue north to Wright St. (stoplight) turn left (west). Wright St. eventually turns into College Drive. Take College Drive all the way up to the top of the hill, past Dana College. Black Elk Neihardt Park is at about 32nd St. and College Drive.
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Black Elk Memorial.

Tower of the Four Winds

Also known as the Black Elk Memorial. The walk goes down and then up pretty steeply. Not the best for arthritic knees or wheelchairs. Peaceful, albeit windy. A secondary cross seems to have been recently constructed before reaching the last (east) mosaic, along a dirt walking path. No info given.

[Terri Lynn, 10/21/2020]

The original 1987 monument was inspired by the visions of the late Black Elk. Probably the new cross came from the same source. Those familiar with the visions may not need an explanation.

Tower of the Four Winds.

Tower of the Four Winds

Beautiful walking park. Frisbee golf too. It was very windy when I was there. [Benjamin Farmer, 08/29/2018]

Tower of the Four Winds

This 44-foot tower in Black Elk-Neihardt Park stands as a memorial to John G. Neihardt and Black Elk, the Lakota Sioux holy man. The tower features a mosaic that depicts Black Elk's message of peace and unity for all people. Along a paved walking trail, mosaic markers continue the "theme" of Black Elk's vision. The park also features a unique covered picnic shelterand great views of the Washington County countryside.

[M.G. Rice, 08/27/2006]
Aug. 2018: Photo added.

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