Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania survey, 1995.
Image on file.
(Front of base:) MADONNA OF THE TRAIL (Front of base:) (DAR Symbol) N.S.D.A.R. MEMORIAL/TO THE/PIONEER MOTHERS/OF THE/COVERED WAGON DAYS. (On side of base, incised:) ERECTED IN/NINETEEN HUNDRED TWENTY EIGHT/IN WASHINGTON COUNTY./PENNSYLVANIA/THE OLDEST COUNTY WEST OF/THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAINS/NAMED FOR THE FATHER/OF OUR COUNTRY (On other side of base, incised:) ON THIS HISTORIC SPOT/THE HUNTING GROUND/OF THE FRIENDLY INDIAN/NEMACOLIN/THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED AND DEDICATED/TO THE MEMORY OF OUR PIONEER MOTHERS unsigned
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A full-length, standing female figure, in pioneer clothing, with a long dress, boots, a sunbonnet, and a shawl. In her proper left arm she holds an infant and in her proper right hand she holds the top of the barrel of a rifle, the butt of which rests on the ground. A little boy is at her side, with his proper left hand on the rifle and his proper right hand holding the front of her dress. At the figures' feet is a bed of cactus and large leaves.