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Alice Ramsey

On the 9th of June, 1909, 22 year old housewife and mother Alice Ramsey began a 3,800 mile journey from Manhatten, NY to San Francisco, CA. aboard a Maxwell 30HP Touring car with three other women, her two sisters in law Nettie Powell and Margaret Atwood and 16 year old friend Hermine Johns, neither of whom could drive.  Initially intended as a publicity stunt for the Maxwell-Briscoe Company the adventure seemed uneventful at times until they reached America’s heartland where constant rain and flooding made driving impossible but the ladies kept plowing on. After 59 days, 12 flat tires, two broken axles and suspension the group made it to their destination amidst great fanfare.

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