Prescott Valley, Arizona: Big Pioneer Woman Holds Headless Rattlesnake

Bronze, ten feet tall, unveiled in 2013. Officially titled, "Not-So-Gentle-Tamer," the statue salutes the toughness of the women who settled in the Arizona Territory.
Address:
7501 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ
Directions:
From Hwy 69 turn north onto N. Lake Valley Rd (look for the McDonald's arches). Drive north about a mile until the road ends at E. Lakeshore Drive. The municipal complex will be straight ahead; the statue stands in front of it, slightly to the right of the intersection.
Admission:
Free
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Big Pioneer Woman Holds Headless Rattlesnake

Sculptor Debbie Gessner modeled this "Not-so-Gentle-Tamer" after a painting by Bob Boze Bell whose inspiration was his own grandmother Louise Guess, an Arizona rancher's wife whom he remembers calmly dispatching snakes with her trusty hoe.

[germologist, 11/01/2016]

Unveiled July 27, 2013 -- its title is a play on the cliche that women "tamed" the West.

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