Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Madonna of the Trail
A total of 12 statues were placed along the route of the National Road. At that time, the route known as the National Road was a transcontinental highway, sometimes called the National Old Trails Road. It included the original section of federal highway, identified today as he Historic National Road, and the later extensions encompassed in what we know today as U.S. 40.
This specific monument was dedicated on July
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 base. An additional 2 foot foundation makes the monument 18 feet tall, weighing over 17 tons.
Dedication inscriptions are carved into the base. The text on the inscriptions varies with the site.
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, with an interruption in work due to the War of 1812. The road reached Wheeling in 1818. In 2002, the original
“We must not allow our past to slip away from us, but talk to our history, teach our history and live surrounded by its memorials.” —Mrs. Charles Oliver Norton, Nebraska DAR – 1909.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Madonnas of the Trail, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 40° 3.344′ N, 80° 40.179′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is on National Road (U.S. 40) east of Wheeling Park Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Pike (here, next to this marker); State’s Birthplace Madonna of the Trail (a few steps from this marker); Jesse Lee Reno (a few steps from this marker); The Defenders of the Union (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
More about this marker. This interpretative panel is one of “The Historic National Road in West Virginia — The road that built the nation” markers.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,140 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 10. submitted on April 9, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11, 12, 13. submitted on April 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.