Monday, March 23, 2009

The Pioneer Woman

Our next stop was just down the street from the Marland Mansion at the Pioneer Woman Statue. E.W. Marland sponsored a contest in 1926 to create a 27' tall statue of a pioneer woman. 17 sculptors contended for the prize, but in the end, Bryan Baker's version won out. The unveiling and dedication included a recorded speech from President Calvin Coolidge, and over 40,000 people showed up to hear Will Rogers give a tribute to pioneers.

The girls in front of the statue. Marland Mansion is just over the bottom right "step".

Close up of the Pioneer Woman.

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