Outdoor Sculpture & Building Ornamentation

The Pioneer

Artist: Alexander Phimister Proctor
Date: 1918; installed 1919.
Location: Between Fenton Hall and Friendly Hall, across from Johnson Hall

Detail Facing Johnson Hall, Summer 2004

This sculpture, located across from Johnson Hall, was dedicated with great ceremony in May 1919. The sculptor, Alexander Phimister Proctor (1862-1950), used a trapper from near Burns, Oregon, as his model. The 1918 bronze statue, mounted on a base of McKenzie River basalt, was a gift of Joseph N. Teal, Portland attorney.


Books and Parts of Books

  • Proctor, Alexander Phimister. Alexander Phimister Proctor, sculptor in buckskin; an autobiography. Edited and with an introd. by Hester Elizabeth Proctor. Introd. by Vivian A. Paladin Publisher Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [1971].

Newspaper Articles

  • "Working on Teal statue; A. Phimister Proctor busy on model for Teal gift statue. (Pioneer father), Daily Emerald 4/26/17; 1.
  • "Statue will stand amid Campus firs; "Location for Proctor's 'Pioneer' picked out." Daily Emerald 4/13/18; 1.
  • "Pioneer statue to arrive soon; Daily Emerald." 4/10/19; 2; 2.
  • "'Pioneer'" erected on Campus site; canvas-covered"; (father)." Daily Emerald 5/13/19; 1.
  • "Pioneer statue, J. W. Teal's gift to Oregon, unveiled." Daily Emerald 5/22/19; 1.
  • "Statue, the Pioneer, unveiled at Eugene." Oregonian 5/23/19, 10.  Full-text: Historic Oregon Newspapers.

Page author:  Edward H. Teague