There stands a statute in Ponca City, Oklahoma, of a Pioneer Woman with a young boy by her side. Artfully cast in tons of bronze, standing 17 feet tall beneath the Oklahoma sky.
She wears a bonnet upon her head and hidden within the brim, the words, “I see no boundaries”. A lasting tribute to those courageous women–the women homesteaders of the American West.
Imagination captured. Inspiration ascends. Yes, I am the pioneer woman! Pioneering through wilderness wanderings to crossing and conquering in unchartered lands of promise.
Yet I am also the young boy, grabbing hold of the Pioneering Spirit. Led hand-in-hand towards my inheritance as a son.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
And for a brief moment … no windows or doors, ceilings or floors. I see no boundaries. Only God.
In wide open spaces, in untamed places. It’s where I’m staking my claim.
Love & Peace,
The 1862 Homesteading Act guaranteed free farmland to heads of households with the stipulation that the applicant must stay on the land for five years and make noticeable improvements to the land before the deed was awarded. Women who were single, widowed, or divorced were eligible to apply for land as the head of their household and many headed west into Dakota Territory.