- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The statute of a pioneer peering off into the distance will be missing from Ashland’s downtown Plaza for the next year as it undergoes repairs.

The Ashland Daily Tidings (https://bit.ly/1rWubDG ) reports someone broke off the hand and part of the rifle a couple of weeks ago and threw them into nearby bushes.

The statue known as Iron Mike is scheduled to be taken down Friday.

This is not the first time the statue has been damaged. The rifle was broken off in 2001, and in the 1960s the statue fell off the fountain where it stands.

Dennis DeBay of Ashland Forge says repairs can be difficult, due to the properties of the metal, a cheap alloy of lead and zinc known as pot metal.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, https://www.dailytidings.com


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