Monuments by Era

Explore how pioneer commemoration has changed over time.

Frank Happersberger, James Lick Pioneer Monument, 1894, San Francisco, California. Photo by

Early Pioneer Monuments, 1890-1925  (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 1)


Bryant Baker, Pioneer Woman, 1929, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Pioneer Mother Movement, 1925-1940 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 2)


Detail of Avard T. Fairbanks, Guidance of Youth, 1958, Salem, Oregon

Pioneer Family Monuments, 1940-1990 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 3)


Franz and Nathan Johansen, (Handcart Pioneer Monument), 1997, Florence, Nebraska

Mormon Monuments, 1890-1980 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 4)


David Manuel, The Promised Land, 1993, Portland, Oregon

Culture Wars, 1975-1995 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 5)


Thomas L. Beard, Pioneer Square Monument, 1986, Westport, Missouri

Heritage Tourism, 1980-2005 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 6)


Debbie Gessner, Not-So-Gentle Tamer, 2013, Prescott Valley, Arizona

Recent Pioneer Monuments, 1990-2020 (Pioneer Mother Monuments Chapter 7)