With the lure of “Gold,” many men were enticed by the tales of California’s
riches and traveled West leaving their families behind. But thousands of determined
women chose to join their husbands, firm in their resolve to keep their families
From 1840 – 1869, around 350,000 settlers traveled Westward on the Oregon Trail
which often took 4 – 6 months to complete. It has been estimated that upward of
65,000 settlers lost their lives due to illness, drowning, child birth and various
accidents on this perilous journey. One can only imagine that it was not easy leaving
the comforts and security of civilization and extended families behind. Yet the pioneer
woman crossed vast prairies, scorching deserts and mountains bringing civilization to
the Wild West with them, along with schools, churches, hospitals and libraries. These
women were as equal in importance in our nation’s history as the more famed male
characters and legends of the American West.
Vic Payne pays tribute to the bravery, contributions and sacrifices of the often overlooked, pioneer woman.
With his latest studio creation, Vic features a pioneer woman holding a double barrel black powder shotgun in the crook of her left arm looking deep into the “Sounds of the Night.”
When purchasing a bronze in this precast stage, a deposit of $3,450 is required to reserve a limited-edition number. The remaining balance plus shipping is due at time of casting which will occur late fall/early winter 2019. Vic’s bronzes have historically doubled or tripled in value by the time the edition sells out, therefore, prices are subject to change without notice.
Ask one of our fine art consultants on how you can reserve your edition number today.