Pioneer Mom and Daughter Roadside Statue – Frackville, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura
Pioneer Mom and Daughter Roadside Statue is permanently closed.

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Pioneer Mom and Daughter Roadside Statue

Frackville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s creepiest roadside attraction is a haunting example of roadside kitsch.  


To most, a pioneer mother in a bonnet, holding a pie with her daughter clutching her dress sounds cute and comforting; but when visitors first lay eyes on the 15-foot statue outside Granny’s Motel in Frackville, Pennsylvania this roadside sculpture is anything but comforting.

The Pioneer Mom statue was created for the Pot-O-Gold Diner in Hamburg but was installed at its current location when the diner closed its doors. Originally green and white, the figures were repainted a “happier” orange and gold in 2007.

While provenance has not been confirmed, the statue is similar in design to other roadside attractions created by accomplished artist Rod Shutt.

Know Before You Go

The current location is an operating motel, so please be careful to not disturb the guests. The statue can be viewed and photographed from the parking lot.  

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