(photo by Larry Lehmer)
I've been a fan of Larry Lehmer's Passing It On blog for some time. In
She’s an angel, sure, but be careful with those eyes, he tells us:
"The folks at Loch Ness have their monster, western Washington has its Sasquatch and Roswell, New Mexico, has its aliens. Your community probably has its own local legend. For those of us growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, it was the Black Angel."
and Larry goes on to tell how the statue got its nickname.
There's more about the Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial as well as Iowa's other Black Angel (in Iowa City) in Iowa’s Mysterious Black Angels, part of Troy Taylor's Ghosts of the Prairie.