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Pioneer Mom.

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

Field review by the editors.

Frackville, Pennsylvania

The 15-foot-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 transgender Muffler Man, but the statue parts don't add up to indicate 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.

Roadside rumor has it that the statues formerly stood at the Pot-O-Gold Diner in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Frackville after that establishment closed. Granny's Motel opened in 1986.

A 2008 repainting in brighter colors reminded us at the time of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, and then drew comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale.

Granny's was bought by a budget motel chain in early 2022, which wanted to bulldoze the statue. Instead, it was bought by the local Anczarski family, which hauled Mom and Child to an empty lot next to their downtown Frackville thrift store. The duo were last reported lying comfortably, with the Anczarskis hoping to find the statue a new home somewhere nearby.

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

5 S. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, PA
Downtown, on the east side of S. Lehigh Ave., just south of its intersection with E. Frack St. On its back in an empty lot.
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