SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Skowhegan Indian is getting a makeover after standing at 62 feet tall for 45 years. The world's tallest Indian is not just a tourist attraction, but a celebration of Maine's statehood and tribute to the native people of Maine. The harsh winters have led to the statue's deterioration, so the town of Skowhegan is working to beautify and restore its icon.
The structure was built in 1969 to honor of Maine's 150th celebration of statehood. According to Roadside America, a popular 1970 postcard brought the statue fame, although then he stood against a stark and empty blue sky. Over the years the trees have grown in and the wooden structure and Roadside America said that in 2013, his right arm and fish trap were removed due to damage.
Around the same time the arm and trap were taken off, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce and the group Main Street Skowhegan started fundraising to restore and beautify the Indian. The goal was $65,000, and the reached that goal in April 2014. worked together over the last few years to raise $65,000 to restore their town icon. The last donation they needed to get them to the $65,000 was made this past April. The construction starts July 1 and will last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. On September 13, there will be a re-dedication ceremony and unveiling of the statue. The town is still fundraising to trim trees.