Madonna of the Trail Monument
The National Old Trails Road
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 Road 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 May 06, 2006
N.S.D.A.R. Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days
Settled 1820 by Virginia and Kentucky Pioneers
Early terminus of river transportation
Starting point on the western trail of the pack pony and ox cart
Russell, Majors & Waddell
Pioneers • Traders • Soldiers • Citizens
who gave valiant service to
the winning of the West
Erected 2006 by Lafayette-Lexington Chapter, D.A.R. and MIssouri State Society D.A.R.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Madonnas of the Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 11.198′ N, 93° 53.175′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Missouri Route 224) and Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Broadway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington MO 64067, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trail of Death (a few steps from this marker); Original Site of Russell, Majors and Waddell Home Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lexington (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Steamboat Saluda Disaster (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Morrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Library Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . .
1. Madonna of the Trail - August Leimbach. (Submitted on November 24, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Madonnas of the Trail. (Submitted on November 24, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. The National Old Trails Road. (Submitted on November 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers •
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