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ISBN13: 9780893012625
ISBN10: 0893012629
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Winner of a 2004 PNBA Book Award

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Helga Estby and her daughter Clara left Spokane, Washington, in April 1896 to walk to New York City on a $10,000 challenge. The money was needed to prevent foreclosure of their mortgage, hopefully saving the family homestead.

Helga was a Norwegian immigrant who married young, bore nine children, and endured fruitless years on the harsh Minnesota prairie before moving West. She and her husband Ole settled in the little Washington farm town of Rockford, only to be wiped out by the nationwide depression of 1893.

Lured by an offer from a mysterious sponsor, Helga was promised funds if she and her daughter walked unaided and unfinanced all the way to New York City. The women "tramped" the railroad lines through Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Omaha before reaching roads and "civilization" in the Midwest. They walked on through Chicago, Pennsylvania, and finally reached New York. On the arduous journey they faced extreme cold and heat, hunger and exposure, and even shot a man in the leg in self-defense. They met with mayors, governors, and other notables, such as, President-elect McKinley on his porch in Ohio.

On Christmas Eve, 1896, the New York World reported their arrival in New York City. What followed was an American tragedy.

Review:

"Linda Hunt's compelling story of one woman's walk across America to save the family farm is a wondrously powerful saga....[she] weaves together from historical remnants and family discards the courageous drama of Helga Estby's walk." Ronald C. White Jr., Author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural

Book News Annotation:

In 1896 Estby, a 36-year-old Norwegian immigrant, was behind on taxes and the mortgage for the Washington farm, and so took up a $10,000 wager by unknown sponsors to walk across the US from sea to sea, taking her 18-year-old daughter Clara with her. The family discarded her account of the trip; there are no diaries, few letters, no family legends. Hunt (English, Whitworth College, Spokane) nevertheless was determined to scrape together the story. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-298) and index.

Synopsis:

Helga Estby left Spokane Washington and walked to NYC on a $10,000 challenge. This remarkable story of hardship and suffering was long lost and only recently discovered by the author. On Christmas Eve, 1896, the New York World reported her arrival. What followed was an American tragedy.

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Rick Y, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Rick Y)
I picked up this book thinking it would be a great book for my wife. But after reading a few pages I couldn't put it down. Imagine walking across the United States from Spokane to New York in 7 months. Now, imagine it is 1896 and you are a woman and her daughter. This book reconstructs their journey through pain and suffering to reach their goal and the $10,000. prize which will save the farm. . A delightful book which I have recommended to all my friends and colleagues. Part history, part drama. And what is amazing is that it is based on a true story.
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javaux54, October 29, 2009 (view all comments by javaux54)
Being a female and runner/athlete I found this historically fascinating. I thought I understood how far women have come but I had no idea the obstacles and discrimination they had to endure to achieve the opportunities we have today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780893012625
Author:
Hunt, Linda Lawrence
Publisher:
Caxton Press
Author:
Hunt, Linda
Location:
Moscow, Idaho
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Walking
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Norwegian Americans
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
107-377
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
7.50x5.12x.78 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 300 pages University of Idaho Press - English 9780893012625 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Linda Hunt's compelling story of one woman's walk across America to save the family farm is a wondrously powerful saga....[she] weaves together from historical remnants and family discards the courageous drama of Helga Estby's walk."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-298) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Helga Estby left Spokane Washington and walked to NYC on a $10,000 challenge. This remarkable story of hardship and suffering was long lost and only recently discovered by the author. On Christmas Eve, 1896, the New York World reported her arrival. What followed was an American tragedy.
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