KANSAS-- There is a MADONNA OF THE TRAIL statue of a pioneer woman with two children and a rifle at COUNCIL GROVE, which has stood there since 1928.
The memorial to the stalwart pioneer mothers of covered wagon days is one of 12 placed by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in states through which the National Old Trails Road passed.
The 2096 mile-long (thanks denny) National Old Trail Roads was established in 1912 and also was called the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway going from Baltimore, Maryland to California, mostly along the National Road and Santa Fe Trail.
I have driven parts of it and seen several of the Madonna statues.
NEBRASKA-- If you like antique tractors, each summer there is a 150-mile ride across the state, at 13 mph. This goes through several communities during The Great Nebraska Tractor Ride.
Wow, imagine trying to get around all those tractors! Just getting around one is sometimes very frightening.
We have already missed the 2011 one, but 2012 will be June 22 and June 23. It is a short distance northwest of Omaha. But, don't plan on staying in Omaha because that is the time of the College World Series and the place gets REAL Crowded.
Drive That Old Tractor...SLOWLY Down the Road. --RoadDog