La Crosse, Wisconsin: 25-Foot-Tall Hiawatha

The 25-foot-tall, 20-ton cement Indian stands with arms crossed. He was unveiled in October 1961, after four years of work by local high school art teacher Anthony Zimmerhakl, who built it in his backyard with his two sons.
Address:
Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI
Directions:
I-90 exit 3 onto US 53/Hwy 35 (La Crosse). Drive south, following US 53, for 4.5 miles. US 53 bears right and becomes 3rd St. In four blocks turn right onto State St. Drive three blocks, then turn right into Riverside Park. Hiawatha is back by the river's edge.
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Hiawatha statue.

25-Foot-Tall Hiawatha

Overwhelming, a must see! Close to the Mississippi Queen.

[Mike Weisenberger, 06/18/2020]

Hiawatha statue.

Hiawatha Statue

25 Ft. statue of Hiawatha, standing in Riverside Park where the Mississippi, LaCrosse and Black Rivers meet. Nice park to walk along the river.

[J. Liobis, 05/03/2003]

When he was unveiled in 1961 he was the World's Largest Hiawatha. Then three years later Michigan built one even bigger. In 2000 there was talk of tearing down the statue, which needed repair, but money was raised and Hiawatha was restored.


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