Old E.G. grain elevator will be patriotic marker

EAGLE GROVE – The effort to turn a former grain elevator into a towering patriotic marker in Eagle Grove continues.

“We think it’s going to be one of the biggest points of interest in the state of Iowa,” said Daryl Watts, an Eagle Grove resident who’s a member of the committee leading the project.

As the project progresses, the committee is especially interested in finding individuals or businesses that will pay for placing the insignia of each branch of the American military on the tower. Emblems of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy – each measuring 5 feet in diameter – will be placed on the tower.

“The tower is basically pro-military,” Watts said.

The 100-foot-tall structure had been unused for several years before the five-member committee went to work on it in 2011.

The west side of the tower has already received its patriotic paint job. It prominently features the Red Bull symbol of the 34th Infantry Division, a component of the Iowa Army National Guard which once had a unit based in Eagle Grove. That wall also has a red, white and blue banner; the words ”In God We Trust;” and a sign proclaiming the city to be the hometown of former Gov. Robert Blue, who was Iowa’s chief executive from 1945 to 1949.

The south side of the tower will have a farm scene painted on it.

According to Watts, the east side will feature the black and white POW/MIA flag and a design commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The north side of the structure faces a soybean milling plant and will not be decorated, he said.

He estimated the cost of the project at $100,000.