Pioneer Mom.

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

Field review by the editors.

Frackville, Pennsylvania

The ~15 ft. tall Pioneer Mom, or "Pie Woman," is a disturbing rendition of frontier feminity. A somewhat masculine looking lady in a bonnet holds a pie and gazes blankly towards the highway. Tipster Alan Marx theorized this was a Muffler Man with a sex change, but the statue parts just don't add up as indicating any M-Man lineage.

The girl child clutching the woman's dress is even more peculiar, with the face of a 40-year old man, dragging a decapitated doll across the statue platform.

The statue could be Granny, but more likely re-purposed -- it's reported elsewhere as originating at the Pot-O-Gold Diner in Hamburg, PA, and moved here after that establishment closed. The current Granny's opened in 1986.

August 2008: A recent repainting in brighter colors reminds us of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, for some reason...

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

Granny's Motel and Kitchen

Address:
115 West Coal St., Frackville, PA
Directions:
I-81 exit 124B, head northeast on Rt. 61 towards Frackville. Granny's is on the right. Granny's Motel and Kitchen.
Phone:
570-874-0408
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