By Linda Lawrence Hunt
In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mom of 8 youngsters named Helga Estby used to be in the back of on taxes and the loan whilst she realized mysterious sponsor might pay $10,000 to a girl who walked throughout the US.
Hoping to win the bet and retailer her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little greater than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara’s curling iron, set out walking from japanese Washington. Their course may go through 14 states, yet they weren't allowed to hold greater than 5 cash every one. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, distant ranches and native civic leaders, they faced snowstorms, starvation, thieves and mountain lions with equivalent aplomb.
Their treacherous and inspirational trip to manhattan challenged modern notions of femininity and captured the general public mind's eye. yet their journey had such devastating results that the Estby women's success used to be included in silence until eventually, approximately a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their notable tale.
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