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On The Trail Statue in Clifton Park

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N Rose Street & Indian Drive in Clifton Park (Street View)

GPS: 39° 19′ 18.54″ N 76° 34′ 55.30″ W


A fine example of Edward Berge‘s numerous pieces erected in Baltimore City, On The Trail displays his realist style. Berge was one of the original seven students at the Rinehart School of Sculpture along with friend and colleague Hans Schuler. Standing over seven feet tall the Indian statue gazes steadily over Clifton Park, a terrain once owned and farmed by Johns Hopkins. The land housed National Guard Troops during the riots that followed Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968, and over a century before was a staging ground for Union Generals during the Civil War. The sculpture garden and lake no longer exist, however, rolling hills and majestic antique buildings still dominate the landscape, and On The Trail remains, more than one hundred years since its installation.


The monument stands just south of Lake Montebello between the 8th and 9th holes of Clifton Park Golf Course. You might not notice it at first glance, but this monument has an inscription at its base which has been covered up by a bush. However, if you crawl head-first under the bush, you’ll be able to read the plague beneath which bears the official monument title, “ON THE TRAIL,” along with artist info and dedication dates.



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March 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 am