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The Mingo - Wheeling, West Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 40° 04.751 W 080° 43.360
17T E 523645 N 4436582
Quick Description: Statue of a Mingo Native American presented by the local Kiwanis welcoming travelers along the National Road to Wheeling, West Virginia.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 9:17:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMK1HB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

From Smithsonian Art Inventory:

A bronze statue of a Mingo Indian stands with proper right arm outstretched to welcome visitors to Wheeling. The figure wears moccasins, bead necklaces, a fringed loin cloth, feathers in his hair, and a quiver over his proper left shoulder. His proper left arm, draped with a cloth, is bent at the elbow with the hand near his chest. He has long hair and well-defined muscles. A bow rests on the plinth beside his proper right foot, which is slightly forward.

The Kiwanis Club of Wheeling, spurred by the vision of George W. Lutz, met the cost of casting and placing the Mingo. The artist, Henry Beu was an employee of North Wheeling Pottery. The statue is tribute to the Mingo, a detached band of the Iroquois Confederation which included the Delaware, Shawnee, Cayuga, Seneca, and Mohawk people. The Mingo lived in the area until the 1800s. On Jan. 29, 1982, the statue was severed at the ankles and taken from its pedestal by vandals. However, it was recovered and subsequently refurbished by the Mull Foundry. It was remounted and rededicated on April 21, 1983.

On the stone base is mounted a bronze plaque with the following inscription:

The Mingo
Original Inhabitant
Of This Valley
Greetings and Peace
To All Wayfarers.

To The City of Wheeling
The Kiwanis Club
Geo. W Lutz


Type: Other

Condition: Good

Placed by: Kiwanis Club of Wheeling

Wheeling Hill
U.S. 40 & Chapline Street
Wheeling, West Virginia

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