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Madonna of the Trail

 
 
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 17, 2011
1. Madonna of the Trail Marker
Inscription. In 1912, Congress appropriated funds for a new highway, the National Old Trails Road, or Ocean-to-Ocean Highway. The route crossed 12 states from Maryland to California following much of the National Road and the Santa Fe Trail. To celebrate the designation of the National Old Trails Road, the daughters of the American Revolution commissioned 12 statues as a tribute to the pioneer women who braved the uncertainties of the great journey west. The sculpture depicts a pioneer mother with an infant on her left arm, and a young boy at her feet, while holding a rifle in her right hand.

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.

Left Photo
The finished was model of the Madonna of the Trail statue pictured in 1927 with August Leimbach, the artist, and Mrs. John Trigg Moss of the DAR

Right Photo
All of the Madonnas are identical. They were cast in an amalgam of crushed granite, stone,

Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
2. Madonna of the Trail Marker
full view from front
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Madonnas of the Trail, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
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.
 
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 (here, next to this marker); Site of Springfield's First Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Rogers Clark (about 400 feet away); H. A. "Harry" Toulmin Sr. (about 400 feet

Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
3. Madonna of the Trail Marker
full view from the east
away); Esplanade/Fountain Square (about 700 feet away); City Building (about 800 feet away); A. B. Graham (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
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.
 
Additional comments.
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.
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
4. Madonna of the Trail Marker
full view from the west
Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted September 24, 2011, by John Swank of Piqua, Oh Usa.

 
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Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
5. Madonna of the Trail Marker
marker can seen in the distance. Both the bronze DAR plaque, and the "story board" have been re-located to this site.
Madonna of the Trail Statue image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 17, 2011
6. Madonna of the Trail Statue
Madonna of the Trail Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 17, 2011
7. Madonna of the Trail Plaque
The Ohio Society DAR on July 4, 2003, placed this rededication marker to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Madonna of the Trail Statue.
The statue has been restored through the efforts of:
Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Ohio Department of Transportation
City of Springfield, Ohio
National Trail Parks and Recreation Department
Preservation support was also provided by:
Target Stores and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency, as part of Save Outdoor Sculpture, a joint project of Heritage Preservation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Marilyn Hohn Vaglia, State Regent 2001-2004
Mildred Dunn Thomas, Restoration Chairman
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Swank, September 16, 2011
8. Madonna of the Trail Marker
Preparing to move the Madonna of the Trail statue in Springfield, OH
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
9. Madonna of the Trail Marker
National Road marker, just down the street from the statue
Madonna of the Trail image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 17, 2011
10. Madonna of the Trail
N S D A R Memorial
to the
Pioneer Mothers
of the
Covered Wagon Days
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
11. Madonna of the Trail Marker
logo flag on lamp pole near the statue
Madonna of the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 20, 2015
12. Madonna of the Trail Marker
original site on US Rt 40 West, now abandoned, but the flag still flies
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 910 times since then and 50 times this year. 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.
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