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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Madonna of the Trail

Picture of property 11 E. Main St.
Council Grove (Morris County)
Listed in National Register Mar 26, 2018

Architect: August Leimbach (sculptor)
Category: work of art; monument/marker
Thematic Nomination: Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail (Amended 2013)

One of 12 Madonna monuments erected across the United States along the National Old Trails Road by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Council Grove Madonna of the Trail Monument pays tribute to the pioneer women who helped settle the West. The Council Grove Madonna is one of only three (of the 12) that are specific to the Santa Fe Trail. The monument reflects the early twentieth century movement to commemorate historic roads and trails, a movement initiated by the DAR.

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