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Sculpture by Veryl Goodnight depicts a woman in calico dress standing in front of wagon wheel. Emphasizes frontier women's persistence. Accompanied by the text of a poem by the same title written by the sculptor. The final lines of the poem about young women on the trails westard declare, "There was absolutely/No Turning Back."


  • No Turning Back
  • No Turning Back reverse
  • No Turning Back poem by artist

Goodnight, Veryl. No Turning Back: The Art of Veryl Goodnight.Goodnight Fine Art , Ltd., 2011.

Prescott, Cynthia Culver. Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

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Cynthia Prescott

Cynthia Prescott

Cynthia Prescott