Madonna of the Trail
Conceived by Arlene B. Moss of St. Louis, Missouri, the statue was sculpted by August Leimbach. This specific monument, the first to be placed, was dedicated on July 4th, 1928. In attendance was Harry S. Truman, President of the National Old Trails Association and future U.S. President.
The original National Road extended from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia, IL. Often referred to as the Cumberland Road, it was constructed between 1811 and 1839. The road reached Springfield, Ohio in 1838.
The finished was model of the Madonna of the Trail statue
All of the Madonnas are identical. They were cast in an amalgam of crushed granite, stone, cement and lead ore known as "algonite." A primary ingredient was a pinkish Missouri granite. The statue is 10 feet tall and sits on a 6 foot high base. A foundation of an additional 2 feet makes the monument 18 feet tall, weighing over 17 tons.
Dedication inscriptions are carved into the base. The text of the inscriptions varies with the site.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, the Madonnas of the Trail, and the The Historic National Road series lists.
Location. 39° 55.485′ N, 83° 48.67′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Old U.S. 40) and Fisher Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield OH 45504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Madonna of the Trail (here, next to this marker); 75th Anniversary of the Madonna of the Trail Statue
More about this marker. This marker was previously located at 39° 55.569′ N, 83° 50.911′ W, on West National Road (U.S. 40) just west of Snyder Park Road, on the right when traveling west.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
1. This Madonna of the Trail Statue has been moved.
The Madonna of the Trail in Springfield, Ohio was moved on September 21, 2011 to a site at the newly developed National Road Commons park in downtown Springfield. The Springfield Madonna was originally placed near the Masonic Home at the west edge of Springfield, and then was moved to a site just to the east near the entrance of Snyder Park. Snyder Park site was dangerous to access as there was no sidewalk and one had to park alongside a busy road and then jump a guardrail.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,035 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 20, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 6, 7. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 8. submitted on September 25, 2011, by John Swank of Piqua, Oh Usa. 9. submitted on April 20, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 10. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 11, 12. submitted on April 20, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.