Friday 6th August 1909
Twenty two year old housewife Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the US from coast to coast, in a green Maxwell 30. She began the 3,800 mile journey from Hell’s Gate in Manhattan, New York and arrived in San Francisco to a great fanfare. In later years, she lived in Covina, California, where in 1961 she wrote and published the story of her journey, ‘Veil, Duster, and Tire Iron’. Between 1909 and 1975, Ramsey drove across the country more than 30 times. On October 17, 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the US Automotive Hall of Fame.