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Pioneer mom and baby.

Bronze Pioneer Mom and Baby

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Shawnee, Kansas

Four different pioneer trails crossed through Shawnee during its Old West days. The town -- now a suburb of Kansas City -- decided to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2006 by erecting a sculpture in honor of the settlers who just kept passing through. An entire, full-size section of a wagon train is sculpted in bas relief on a upright slab: wagon, horses, men, even a boy and his dog. A position of honor, however, has been reserved for the pioneer mom and baby, who stand separate as a life-size bronze statue, heading west, their faces burnished from either hopeful thoughts or too much prairie sun.

Bronze Pioneer Mom and Baby

Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS
Pioneer Crossing Park. On the south side of Shawnee Mission Pkwy/W. 63rd St., east of Nieman Rd and west of I-35. The park entrance is just after the frontage road merges, so pay close attention or you'll miss it.
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