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

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