Madonna of the Trail


These identical sculptures were placed in the 12 states along the National Old Trails Road. The monuments were commissioned by NSDAR and created by August Leimbach. They are meant to celebrate the spirit of pioneer women in the United States during westward expansion and to provide a symbol of courage and faith.

Springfield, Ohio; Wheeling, WestVirginia; CouncilGrove, Kansas; Lexington, Missouri; Lamar, Colorado; Albuquerque, NewMexico; Springerville, Arizona; Vandalia, Illinois; Richmond, Indiana; Beallsville, Pennsylvania; Upland, California; Bathesda, Maryland
National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)
Group Acknowledged: 
American Women
Historical Subject: 

Pioneer women, specifically during westward expansion

Physical Aspects: 

The Sculptures picture a woman, dressed in typical clothing of women during the era of expansion, with a baby in her arm left arm and rifle in her right. A young child is attached to her right leg. The sculptures are 10 feet tall (18 with the base), weigh five tons and are made out of algonite store.

Date of Dedication: 
12 dedicated between 1928 and 1929
Place Location: