This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of Black Hawk Lake in Sac County, Iowa with the following interesting stats carved into it:
Black Hawk is the southernmost glacial lake in the US
It changed names four times; Boyer Lake, Walled Lake, Wall Lake and finally Black Hawk Lake
212 Acre Lake
Max. Depth: 42 Feet
Interesting factoid: Black Hawk Lake, a 957-acre lake under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the southernmost glacial lake in the United States. It was formed by movement of huge masses of ice 14,000 years ago. Settlers came to the area and a few resided on the south and east sides of the lake in 1867. Later it was because of the beautiful lake that two enterprising men, Platt Armstrong and James Fletcher, decided this was a good place to build a town. A railway station and a sidetrack were built with the permission of the Northwestern Railway Company. In 1880, the town was laid out and it became Fletcher. Seven years later the name changed to Lake View.
The lake progressed through four name changes from Boyer Lake to Walled Lake and from Wall Lake to the present name, Black Hawk Lake. Development of the lake as a resort area happened as early as 1890. Ballparks, amusement parks, hotels and cottage rentals flourished at the East End and Lakewood areas.
In the 1932, the State Conservation Commission changed the name of the lake that was known as Wall Lake to Black Hawk Lake. The idea behind the name change came about because of the name of the county the lake resides in - Sac County. Since Sac County was named after the Sac tribe of Indians and Black Hawk had been their greatest chief, it was decided that it would be appropriate for the lake to bear his name.
A statue of the great Sac Indian, Chief Black Hawk, was sculpted in 1934 by Harry Stinson, a participant in the CWA Arts program under the direction of Grant Wood. This eleven foot tall statue sits on the north edge of Camp Crescent where he looks over the lake that bears his name. The statue was completely restored in 1999.
(Not all of this information made it onto the map, we just love to read up on the lakes we design).
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