San Francisco Points of Interest

Pioneer Mother in Golden Gate Park
1 February 2012
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Pioneer Mother
Stow Lake Drive
Golden Gate Park
Created 1914

Standing near the Pioneer Log Cabin, the Pioneer Mother commemorates pioneer women and the role women played in settling the West.

The bronze and stone statue was created by Charles Grafly in 1914 and exhibited at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. She was neglected at the Palace of Fine Arts for many years. She was finally rescued and exhibited briefly at the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition.

She was installed in the park in 1940, a gift of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

Pioneer Mother contributes to the Golden Gate Park Historic District.

Source: NRHP Nomination for Golden Gate Park Historic District submitted July 2004

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