Pioneer Mother Memorial

Pioneer Mother Memorial

LOCATION:
West of Memorial Drive

Artist/Designer: A. (Alexander) Phimister Proctor

Dates: Dedicated November 1927

Description:

This memorial to Pioneer mothers stands within a few hundred feet of a branch of the Santa Fe Trail and depicts pioneers traveling westward over the vast expanse of plains under burning sun, rain, and storm: braving hunger and thirst, beset by many dangers on the way–Indians, prairie fires, and stampeding buffalo. These Pioneers are looking for water and a place to camp. This huge monument weighs over 16,000 lbs. and stands on a pedestal of Minnesota pearl pink granite with a concrete base.

Inscription:

Whither thou goest I will go

Where Thou lodgest I will Lodge

Thy people shall be my people

And thy God my God

Presented to the people of Kansas City by Howard Vanderslice, the inscription reads: “To commemoratethe Pioneer Mother who with unfaltering trust in God suffered the hardship of the unknown west to prepare for us a homeland of peace and plenty”. Vanderslice’s own mother had traveled across the plains in search of a better life.Proctor created the piece in California, had it cast in Italy and the molds and casts were destroyed after completion. The sculpture is located in Penn Valley Park near the Santa Fe Trail.