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Bold Spirit

Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

Hunt, Linda

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bold Spirit
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In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight 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 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. Their journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public imagination--but their trip had such devastating consequences that their achievement was blanketed in silence for nearly a century.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2005
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9781400079933
1400079934
Branch Call Number: B-Es83h 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 307 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm

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In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight 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 save her family's farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little m... Read More »


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