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Bold Spirit

Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

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In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America.
Hoping to win the wager and save her family's farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little more than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara's curling iron, set out on foot from Eastern Washington. Their route would pass through 14 states, but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, remote ranches and local civic leaders, they confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves and mountain lions with equal aplomb.
Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that the Estby women's achievement was blanketed in silence until, nearly a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their extraordinary story.
ISBN: 9781400079933
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Hunt Bold


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Jan 29, 2018

These remarkable women did an amazing thing. I read this book years ago and it is one of the few books I have saved to read again. The odds against them were so high you would not think they would make it 100 miles by themselves on foot but what a journey they had! Good read.

Jun 18, 2012

Unforgetable story of a woman and her daughter who answer a challenge to walk across the United States in 1896.


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