Located in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee, Pioneer Crossing Park is home to a stone and bronze sculpture of a wagon train that was dedicated in conjunction with Shawnee’s 150th birthday in 2006.  The park includes native grasses and plaques in honor of the four pioneer trails that crossed through Shawnee city limits:  the California Trail, the Fort Leavenworth Military Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Oregon Trail.  This is one of my favorite pieces of art in Kansas City, but I thought it was difficult to photograph.

What do you think?  Do you like any of the shots below?

Pioneer Crossing Photo #1.  I love the way the Mother carrying a child is in bronze and the rest of the covered wagon pulled by oxen is carved out of a slab of stone.

Pioneer Crossing Photo #2.  A closer view of the Pioneer Mother and child as well as a boy and dog walking alongside the covered wagon.

Pioneer Crossing Photo #3  A closer view of the Pioneer Mother and child.

Pioneer Crossing Photo #4.  This view makes me think of what it might have felt like to be standing along the side of the trail as a covered wagon train passed by headed west. 

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  1. Oh man I can’t pick which one because they are all different angles! They are amazing really 🙂

    • It’s a really cool piece! But I still don’t feel I’ve done it justice. I will keep trying.


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Art, Photography, Sculptures of Kansas City


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