Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

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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.

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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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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