La Crosse’s park board is expected to vote Thursday night on the future of the Big Indian statue in Riverside Park.
Mayor Tim Kabat says this is the right time to have the artwork removed, but not everyone agrees.
Local historian Steve Kiedrowski tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk that the Hiawatha statue should be restored, and educational material ought to be posted nearby.
There was also a box where you could hear information about the statue, if you pushed a button, but the box and the sign have been gone for years.
Kiedrowski says trying to move Hiawatha could be hazardous.
“There are actually two steel I-beams that run all the way through the statue, to support it and give it strength” he says. “And I think that once they start to try to remove that statue, I think it’s gonna crumble.”
nd he says the city should save money that could be used to remove Hiawatha and spend it on the library system instead.