Alice Taylor

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

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.

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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James. This is quite a story about someone I had no idea about. Alice sounds like a most formidable woman!

Nov 19, 2016 07:55 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray sounds like a journey from Hell.... poor woman!!

Nov 19, 2016 07:57 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

That is an awesome story - I have always wanted to drive across country! Now I am really inspired. 

Nov 19, 2016 08:00 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray What a trek of discovery Alice made back then. Can you only imagine the sights seen that will never again be visited.

Nov 19, 2016 08:46 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Again, no clue. Alice does get an "A" for being adventurous! What a trip! Enjoy your day!

Nov 19, 2016 09:22 PM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We all take GPS for granted in 2016 so it is not just the 59 days that is amazing. She was the Daniel Boone of female drivers.

Nov 19, 2016 09:33 PM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Would love to take another trip cross country; especially Route 66.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 19, 2016 09:38 PM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow..I'm impressed! Alice Taylor was a woman on a mission and did what she set out to do! No procrastination..just got it done! thanks for the tidbit if history this morning!

Nov 19, 2016 10:28 PM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

This is reminiscent of our AlCan Hwy. journeys prior to its paving. I can't imagine what an adventure these ladies must've had in a vehicle of that era.

Nov 19, 2016 10:35 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Fabulous story. My one question is - how did they find enough gas to get them from one area to another on their amazing trek? That in itself was a daunting challenge!!!!

Nov 19, 2016 11:05 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

Nov 20, 2016 01:03 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- now that is an amazing story.  I wonder if a book or movie was ever made of her adventures.  No GPS, no smartphone,,,I can't imagine it. 

Nov 20, 2016 01:59 AM #12
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello James and Alice Taylor was a traveler like Vegas Bob and quite amazing!

Nov 20, 2016 03:36 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

From Hell's Gate to success, what an interesting story about a neat woman!  I hope that your weekend is being enjoyed my friend!

Nov 20, 2016 04:33 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story...almost 2 months to cover the US by car.  What a woman Alice Taylor was.  A

Nov 20, 2016 04:39 AM #15
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a grand adventure that was for Alice. Her story would make a good movie. 

Nov 20, 2016 09:21 AM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  That must have been some adventure and pretty amazing that a woman managed to do it in those times.  Good for her.

Nov 20, 2016 08:06 PM #17
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray , giving the state of our roads during that time, 59 days wasn't as long as I would have thought.  I wonder what John (her husband) thought about it.

Nov 20, 2016 09:29 PM #18
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, I googled Alice Huyler Ramsey and her auto, a Maxwell. Yep, she definitely looked like a determined and strong female and well capable of being the first woman to make the historic journey across the United States.

Nov 21, 2016 11:38 AM #19
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