Chief Poweshiek on a Freedom Rock

Over the years I have posted stories around a butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, or the Poweshiek skipper.  This butterfly was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa and named after the county of its discovery and also the Meskwaki chief that the county was named for.

Iowa is fortunate enough to have a highly talented artist who created a very unique mural on a rock that was sitting in a rural field a number of years ago.  That mural was called the “Freedom Rock”, and it created a sensation when it first appeared.

Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II is the original artist, and he is creating smaller versions on a county-by-county basis in Iowa.

Here are some photos of Poweshiek County’s freedom rock, including the painting of Chief Poweshiek.





The veterans were all originally from the county.

The rendition of Poweshiek is pretty close to the portraits that were painted of him in life.

This freedom rock can be found in Montezuma, Iowa near the courthouse.  Worth the visit.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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