Women as Pioneers of Transcontinental Travel

By November 13, 2018Uncategorized

Norm has been completing his manuscript for a lengthy new book, Crossing the Continent. The book presents a series of biographies of individuals who over two centuries impacted the development of transcontinental travel in America. A unique aspect is how the biographies are interconnected over time.

Most of the biographies are of pioneering men, but since the last posting on this Blog Norm has added narratives on incredible feats by women—e.g., Sacagawea, the lone woman traveling for thousands of miles with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, providing critical translation and route advice, all while carrying an infant son on her back (shown here); Annie Kopchovsky, who in 1894 left her husband and two children for fifteen months to successfully complete a bicycle trip not only across the country, but around the world; Bertha Benz, who in Germany was driver on the first cross-country trip in the world’s first automobile; Alice Ramsey, who in 1909 had many challenges as the first woman to drive across the country; and even Ellen Church, a pilot who was not allowed to command a passenger aircraft, so instead became the first airline stewardess.These and many other biographies of men carry the intriguing history of transcontinental travel across two centuries.

Norm is interested in getting initial first thoughts from our Blog readers on a revised title for the book: Crossing the Continent: Stories of Men and Women Who Accepted the Challenge of Transcontinental Travel. Feel free to share your comments here or with an email to Norm.


  • James Tyler says:

    I like it.

  • Joann Green says:

    Sounds really interesting, Norm. I am sure you will make it very readable and it will be new information to learn for so many of us. The only one I know of listed above is Sacagawea! I think the new title is good as it explains more what the book is about, rather than the shorter version. Good luck!

  • Phil says:

    I live on Sacajawea Way in Wilsonville, OR in a development called Charbonneau. I’m really surprised at the number of people who don’t know either of them, even Oregonians!

    Are you including people who took the Oregon Trail? My 2nd cousin 3x removed, Dr. George Benson Kuykendall traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1840’s and wrote about it in his book, The Kuykendall Family. It is a well written, fascinating story.

    • Norman says:

      I appreciate your response. The book is long, even though I have ignored other relevant histories and biographies. I may need to cut, rather than add more.

  • grace shackman says:

    very interesting!

  • Shelley Clark-Glidewell says:

    Very impressive! I like that you included women. I see you are including Native Americans and a German, which is great! I comment because my family just had a heated discussion about history and does it really represent all nationalities that made America what it is today. I love history, so will be very interested in reading the book!

  • DR. T. says:

    You know what they say: “behind every adventurous man is a more adventurous woman…”

  • Nancy says:

    Yes like the new title. When do you think this will be published?

    • Norman says:

      I made quite a few queries to publishers and agents previously, with nothing definite. I will try again with the new focus.

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