We have been taking photos of the various Madonnas of the Trail, one in each of the states we have been passing through. Today we got the last one in Lamar, Colorado! What are these Madonnas and why have we been taking photos of them?
The dedication on the front of each of the almost identical monuments really explains it best. These monuments are set up but the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and are dedicated to the “Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days.”
Usually when we talk about the pioneers, we think about the men, since in those days men were supposed to be the heads of the households and women were supposed to obey their husbands. The pioneer women have often been overlooked, and were definitely under-appreciated in the 1920s when the Daughters of the American Revolution erected these statues. But he pioneer women, who probably were often dragged into their husband’s idea of adventure, were in many ways the real miracles of the trek West.
Well, here the nine statues we have seen on this trip, for the nine states we have traveled through; the remaining ones (New Mexico, Arizona and California) fall outside of the I-70 adventure:
I have to admit, these statues are not pretty. In fact, Nicoline and I have gotten to call them disrespectfully them ugly bitches...
Eric, September 14, 2012