Madonna of the Trail - Maryland7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
The monument is located on Rockville Pike (MD Route 355) in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. This is one of the few monsuments found in a built-up urban enviornment. Access to the monument is ideal; parking can be found along the street or in the neighboring Post Office parking lot.
This monument was dedicated on 19 April 1929. The keynote speaker was then Judge Harry S Truman, President of the National Old Trails Association. Vice President Charles Curtis was in attendance.
The inscriptions read:
North Face: THIS, THE FIRST MILITARY ROAD IN AMERICA BEGINNING AT ROCK CREEK AND POTOMAC RIVER, GEORGETOWN, MARYLAND LEADING OUR PIONEERS ACROSS THIS CONTINENT TO THE PACIFIC.
East Face: TO THE HONOR AND GLORY OF THE GREAT MOTHERHOOD OF THE PAST, I STAND... A SACRED SHRINE. MAY ALL WHO PASS WITHIN THE SHADOW OF MY FORM, PAUSE AWHILE, AND UNDERSTAND THE FAITH THE IDEALS, AND THE REAL INNER BEAUTY OF SOUL OF THOSE MOTHERS OF OLD, AS THEY PASSED DOWN THE GREAT HOMING TRAIL OF THE NATION. - Arline Nichols Moss
South Face: OVER THIS HIGHWAY MARCHED THE ARMY OF MAJOR GENERAL EDWARD BRADDOCK APRIL 14-1755 ON ITS WAY TO FORT DUQUESNE.
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