Madonna of the Trail

series of 12 monuments dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States

Madonna of the Trail is a series of 12 monuments dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States. The monuments were commissioned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The monuments were built in each of the 12 states on the National Old Trails Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Upland, California.

Madonna of the Trail
Albuquerque Madonna
LocationMarble Ave. and 4th St.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
BuiltSeptember 27, 1928
ArchitectAugust Leimbach
DesignatedMarch 21, 2006
Reference no.06000151
Madonna of the Trail California Historical Monument
Madonna of the Trail, 1928
LocationNorth Euclid Avenue, Upland, California
Coordinates34°06′26″N 117°39′04″W / 34.1071694°N 117.6512444444°W / 34.1071694; -117.6512444444
ArchitectAugust Leimbach
DesignatedNovember 7, 1998
Reference no.1028
Madonna of the Trail is located in California
Madonna of the Trail
Location of Madonna of the Trail California Historical Monument in California

The monuments were created by sculptor August Leimbach. The Madonna of the Trail monuments were meant to be symbols of the courage of the women who aided in conquering the wilderness and creating permanent homes. The statues were dedicated in 1928 and 1929. They have became sources of local pride. All of the monuments are currently in good condition and on display.



There is one monument in each of the 12 states along the National Old Trails Highway (much of which later became U.S. Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 66).[1] The monuments in order of dedication are:

State Image Location Notes
Maryland   Bethesda

Wisconsin Ave. and Old Georgetown Rd.

Was the only statue facing east. In December 2004, the statue was removed to fix a foundation problem. When it was put on the truck, the Madonna faced west. This us believed to be the first time all 12 statues have faced west.[2]
Pennsylvania   Beallsville

US Rt. 40, across from Nemacolin Country Club,12 mi. E of Washington, PA

West Virginia   Wheeling

US Rt. 40, across from Overlook Condominium
40°03′21″N 80°40′09″W / 40.055797°N 80.669215°W / 40.055797; -80.669215 (West Virginia)

Dedicated on July 7, 1928.[3] Contributing structure in the National Road Corridor Historic District
Ohio   Springfield

US Rt. 40 - Snyder's Park. Placed some ten blocks from the National Old Trails Highway

Ohio's Madonna was relocated in 2011 to downtown Springfield. The statue is facing south so it can be seen better from Main Street (Route 40).[4]
Indiana   Richmond

Glenn Miller Park, US 40 East and N 22 St.

Illinois   Vandalia

SE corner of the Old State House

Missouri   Lexington

Main St. and Jack's Ford Rd.

Kansas   Council Grove

Union and Main St.

Dedicated on September 7, 1928. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of three along the Santa Fe Trail route.
Colorado   Lamar

S Main St. and Beech St.

New Mexico   Albuquerque

4th and Marble NW
35°05′34″N 106°38′59″W / 35.092897°N 106.649820°W / 35.092897; -106.649820 (New Mexico)

Dedicated on September 27, 1928. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was removed from McClellan Park in 1996 when the park was demolished to build the Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse. The monument was moved to a new site at the northwest corner of the courthouse grounds. It was rededicated on September 27, 1998.[5][6][7]
Arizona   Springerville

US Rt. 60 (Main St.) across from Post Office

California   Upland

Center divider on Euclid Avenue just north of Foothill Boulevard

34°06′26″N 117°39′04″W / 34.1071694°N 117.6512444444°W / 34.1071694; -117.6512444444

Dedicated in 1929[8]


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  2. Barr, Cameron W. (2004-12-11). "Listing Madonna Rescued in Bethesda". The Washington Post.
  3. "Dedication of the Madonna of the Trails Monument". Wheeling Daily News. 1928-07-07.
  4. "Madonna of the Trail". Touring Ohio. Ohio City Productions.
  5. Sanders, Jeffrey C. (2004). McClellan Park: The Life and Death of an Urban Green Space. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum.
  6. Steinberg, David (June 26, 1998). "Spirit of pioneer women lives on". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  7. "New Mexico Madonna of the Trail". National Park Service.
  8. Delja, Beatrice; Delja, Denis. "CHL No. 1028 Madonna of the Trail - San Bernadino". California Historical Landmarks. Archived from the original on 2023-01-27. Retrieved 2023-01-27.