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Springerville in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Madonna of the Trail

 
 
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
1. Madonna of the Trail Marker
Inscription. This 10 foot high, 5 ton statue cast by St. Louis sculptor August Leimbach is one of 12 identical monuments to the bold spirit of the pioneers erected in 1928-29 along the National Old Trails Road from Maryland to California.
 
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. Monument by Daughters of the American Revolution (1928). (Marker Number 28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Madonnas of the Trail marker series.
 
Location. 34° 7.991′ N, 109° 17.106′ W. Marker is in Springerville, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on East Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is behind statue at exit from McDonalds. Marker is in this post office area: Springerville AZ 85938, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Becker's Transcontinental Garage (within shouting distance of this marker); James Hale Shooting (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Rio Theatre (about 400 feet away); Presbyterian & Catholic Churchs
Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. Madonna of the Trail Statue
This Madonna was dedicated September 28, 1928. The honor of unveiling the monument went to Eliza Rudd, possibly the sculptor's model, a pioneer mother who had arrived in Round Valley on August 1, 1876 by wagon train with her husband and eight children. The honored speakers were Arizona Governor George W.P. Hunt and Harry S. Truman, then a judge in Missouri and President of the National Old Trails Road Association.

The monument was moved from the Post Office property to its present location across the street in 1987 and was re-dedicated by the D.A.R. in 1998.
(about 500 feet away); Baca Home (about 500 feet away); Arizona Cooperative Mercantile Institution (about 600 feet away); Baldonado Home (about 700 feet away); White Mountain Hospital (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Springerville.
 
More about this marker. This is Marker Stop #28 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
 
Regarding Madonna of the Trail. Memorializing pioneer mothers “who carried the hopes and dreams of civilization with them as they journeyed westward with their families into a harsh and unknown land….,” The Madonnas of the Trail were the creation of Harry S.Truman and The Daughters of the American Revolution to honor pioneer women and to commemorate the Old National Trails Road. They placed twelve monuments at historically significant points along the roads in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship,
Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. Madonna of the Trail Statue
study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Madonna of the Trail. “Wife and Mother, Cook and Companion, Drover & Sentry, Nurse and Advisor.” By Annabelle Amick. This page tells the story of these monuments. (Submitted on September 30, 2010.) 

2. DAR National Society - Madonna of the Trail Monuments. The idea of a highway memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the covered wagon days began in Missouri about 1909 when a group of women formed a committee to locate the Old Santa Fe Trail in Missouri. This committee secured the funds that the state of Missouri needed to mark the trail with suitable boulders or monuments. This concept sparked plans for the National Old Trails Road, which was approved by Act of Congress. (Submitted on September 30, 2010.) 
 
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Front of Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
4. Front of Madonna of the Trail Statue
N • S • D • A • R • Memorial
To the
Pioneer Women
Of the
Covered Wagon Days
Left Side of Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
5. Left Side of Madonna of the Trail Statue
”Coronado passed here
in 1540.
He came to seek gold
but found fame”
Rear of Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
6. Rear of Madonna of the Trail Statue
The National
Old Trails Road
Right Side of Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
7. Right Side of Madonna of the Trail Statue
“A tribute to the pioneers
of Arizona and the Southwest
who trod this ground
and braved the dangers
of the Apaches and other
Warrior tribes”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,543 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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