Lamar, Colorado, is south of the Arkansas River and near the Santa Fe Trail. Lamar was founded in 1886, after trading on the Santa Fe Trail was diminished due to the railroad reaching Santa Fe in 1880. The town was organized by the Santa Fe Railroad as a rail head for shipping cattle. The National and the Goodnight cattle trails passed near here. Therefore, Lamar represents the end of the Santa Fe Trail era.
Commissioned by Daughters of the American Revolution, this monument at Lamar is one of twelve in the United States honoring pioneer women. This statue represents the difficulties that pioneer women had to face when traveling the Santa Fe Trail and other trails westward.