Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Let’s give a hand to this Missouri roadside attraction: the giant praying hands in Webb City (the city of flags).

These large hands in prayer stand at 32 feet tall (on top of a 40-foot-tall man-made hill) and weigh a whopping 110 tons! (It’s important to note that while these prayer hands are impressively tall, they aren’t the world’s largest praying hands – those can be found in Tulsa, Oklahoma.) At the base of the hands is a winding concrete slab inscribed with a simple message: Hands in prayer. World in peace.

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The Praying Hands statue was created by local artist Jack Dawson in 1972. Two years before, he had approached the Webb City Park Board and the Historical Society with the idea for the praying hands sculpture. They quickly approved his plans and encouraged locals to help fund the emerging artwork. In 1972 they were placed in the park and, on April 28, 1974, a dedication ceremony was held and the hands were open for all to see. Dawson said at the dedication, “The hands symbolize the need for a personal commitment and relationship to God.”

Thousands of visitors stop by this Route 66 roadside attraction each year to take in the sight that overlooks Webb City.  There’s a parking lot below the structure and a staircase up to the top. Don’t miss it! While on our Missouri road trip we didn’t see the lot and ended up parking on the street behind the sculpture and climbing up the side of the hill to get to it!

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri
Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri
Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri
Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri
Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Looking for more Missouri Route 66 roadside attractions? Check out the giant rocking chair and the world’s largest fork!



Giant Hands in Prayer

Address: W. Tracy St., Webb City, MO (near Highway 71)
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See


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Let’s give a hand to this Missouri roadside attraction: the giant praying hands in Webb City. These hands in prayer are 32 feet tall and weigh 110 tons! Visit this destination on a Missouri road trip and add it to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.