Saturday, June 14, 2014

US Hwy 191: Pioneer Mothers (And Others)

There's a nice little monument in Springerville, AZ, inscribed "Madonna of the Trail."

It claims to be a memorial to the pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days.

Looking more closely, one side panel claims it's a tribute to pioneers more generally who trod this ground and braved indian warrior tribes.

The other side panel seems to be an homage to Coronado who passed through in 1540.

So, while pioneer mothers have gotten top billing, others have horned in on the fun. No sense wasting valuable ad space, right?

You just never know what you'll find "out there" on the road… Stay tuned!

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2 comments:

Mom said...

There are Madonna of the Trail statues all across the country beginning beginning in Rockville MD... They were placed in important places by the National Society of DAR...which still raises money to preserve them as examples of our heritage.102

Wes Choc said...

When I was growing up in Albuquerque, NM, I walked past a Madonna of the Trail statue (just like this one) on my way home from school (up hill both ways!).