Alice Taylor Huyler was born in Hackensack, New Jersey back in 1886 to John and Ada. She attended Vassar College from 1903-1905. She married John, (no not her father another John). She embarked on a journey inn 1909 that will forever place her in the history books for the feat.
She began her journey from Hell’s Gate in Manhattan, New York and travelled to San Francisco, California. May as well tell you now I’m writing about Alice Huyler Ramsey. It took her 59 days to make the historic journey, accompanied by two older sisters and another female friend. So, you may have already guessed it by now however, if you haven’t she is the first female to travel across the United States by automobile. The group used maps for the American Automobile Association to make the journey. Remember the journey of 3,600 miles of only which 152 miles were paved. Over the course of the drive they relied mainly on telephone poles, following them in hopes the ones with more wires would lead them to a town.
During the trek, she changed 11 tires, cleaned spark plugs, repaired a broken brake pedal not counting the times they had to sleep in the car when it was stuck in mud. During the trip, they also crossed the trail of a manhunt for a killer in Nebraska and in Wyoming they were surrounded by a Native American hunting party with bows and arrows drawn. BTW her husband was john R. Ramsey a congressman from New Jersey. She died in 1983 at 96.