The First Women to Cross the US on Solo Motorcycles

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrived in Los Angeles on 8 September 1916 

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, pictured in the New-York Tribune the following year. March 18, 1917. Library of Congress.

Sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, descendants of Martin Van Buren, the eighth US president, crossed the United States on motorcycles in 1916, riding 5,500 miles in 60 days on hazardous roads. The previous year, Effie Hotchkiss had completed the same journey, with her mother, Avis, in a sidecar.

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