Wild Wood Art

Wild wood sculpture art hand crafted of animals, birds and people with a story to tell all on a high hill by a rock named for a famous Native American war and legend, and next a grand lodge built in the 1930s.  It is where the eagles dare to fly.

The outdoor art is in Starved Rock State Park  with Starved Rock Lodge, a grand lodge made of whole timbers that was built in the 1930s by 200 men in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  Many state and national parks lodges and trails were built by the CCC.

The grand lodge and cabins still stands today and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a day or weekend away in the nature.  There is a campground nearby.

Going back to the carved art that led me to the start of the trail to Starved Rock, well it’s a sight to see.  Visit the park and enjoy the art  There are amazing views at the lodge.

I snapped pictures of some of the sculptures and surroundings:

Welcome to Starved Rock

Starved Rock Lodge


voyager and eagle

boy scout pledge

Chief Walks with the Wind

wooded path


St. Louis Canyon

Starved Rock

Starved Rock is named for a tribe of  Illini Native Americans who did not surrender when the Ottawa and Potawatomi laid siege to the Illini that were on the rock.  The Illini starved to death and some jumped off the rock.  It is still called Starved Rock to this day and visitors are told the story of the Illini.

2 responses to “Wild Wood Art

  1. Hi Mountainmae, There are many canyons leading the rock and its steep making easy to defend and hard to access. You cannot access it by water. I’m posting a picture of Starved Rock on this post so you can see it from the water. There are only a few ways on or off the rock.

    A long time ago there was a tribe of Illini Native Americans that lived in region around Starved Rock. The Ottawa and Potawatomi attacked the Illini. The Illini retreated to the rock. The Ottawa and Potawatomi cut off any route off the rock. The Illini ran out of food. They would not surrender and starved to death. Some of them jumped off the rock rather than be captured. To this day, it is still called Starved Rock.

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