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Take a trek and visit the Madonnas of the Trail

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LOCK HAVEN –March is Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate women in history than to learn about the Madonnas of the Trail.

Commissioned by NSDAR, designed in 1927 by German born architect and sculptor, August Leimbach, there are 12 statues following the National Old Trails Road, today US 40, going east to west from Maryland to California.

Pennsylvania statue is located on US 40 in Beallsville, 12 miles east of Washington, Pa. It is maintained by the Washington County DAR. Because the statue is along US 40 visitors are asked to use caution when crossing the road.

Made of algonite stone (a mixture of crushed marble, Missouri granite, stone, cement, and lead ore), Madonna statute shows a female pioneer, baby in one arm, gun in the other and boy clinging to her skirt. The Madonnas honor pioneer mothers who went west with their husbands being a symbol of courage and faith, who conquered the wilderness and established permanent homes.

For more information, contact Regent Col. Hugh White-Col John Chatham DAR, Diane Whitaker at missmarple19@yahoo.com or PO Box 528, Beech Creek, 16822.

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