Pioneer Mother Monument - Lexington, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 11.197 W 093° 53.177
15S E 423456 N 4337860
Quick Description: Statue of a pioneering woman also known as the "Madonna of the Trail" in Lexington, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/28/2011 6:17:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMBK3J
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 6

Long Description:

The PIONEER MOTHER MONUMENT, a cast-stone statue 18 feet high, stands at the north edge of town. It is the work of Frederick C. Hibbard, Chicago sculptor, who was born in Canton, Missouri. Unveiled in 1928, it is one of 12 similar monuments placed in each of the States through which the National Old Trails Road passes. - Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State, Tour 2, pg. 375.

The information in the guide does not appear to be correct as the sculptor  as other sources indicate the sculptor as August Leimbach of St. Louis. Text of near by historical marker:

Madonna of the Trail Monument

The "Madonna of the Trail" statue was designed and sculpted by August Leimbach of St. Louis.  The statue was unveiled and dedicated on September 17, 1928 by the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the brave pioneer women who helped settle the West.  Keynote speaker was then Jackson County Judge (future U.S. President) Harry Truman.  The statue is one of 12 placed in every state crossed by the National Old Trails Road, the main cross route of early settlers from the East to California.  This site is located in the Highland Avenue Historic District next to the Old Trails Toad scenic byway Route 224 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places

On August 23, 2003 a ceremony in celebration of the statue's 75th anniversary was held.  Guest speaker was U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton.

This marker was placed on May 06, 2006 by
Lafayette-Lexington Chapter, NSDAR and
Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 375

Year Originally Published: 1941

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