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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.

7501 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ
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.
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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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