Sisters to Make Trip Across US in Support of Anita King, Lincoln Highway
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of actress and stunt driver Anita King's historic drive across the U.S., in which she became the first woman to cross the country by herself, three of her great-great-nieces will recreate the journey next month.
The Star Tribune reported sisters Lucianne Boardman, Aleta Wilke and Heather Pancratz plan to begin the 3,100-plus-mile trip from San Francisco to New York on Sept. 7 and complete it in seven days.
"I saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about my great-great-aunt and to see parts of the country I've never seen," Pancratz told the Star Tribune.
King's original trip took 49 days to complete. However, Pancratz and her sisters plan to reach the Big Apple after just 49 total hours of driving.
In addition to a much quicker trip, the sisters will have the luxury of driving on a paved road a century later.
The purpose of the road trip is also to support and raise awareness for the Lincoln Highway, known as the first road to extend across the U.S.
The journey will take the sisters through a handful of states, including Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Along the way, they will stop to acquire signatures for petitions with the goal of having the Lincoln Highway named a national monument.
"What an incredible opportunity for the sisters to connect to their ancestor," Lincoln Highway Association president Kay Shelton told the Star Tribune. "It is their way of finding out more about the fascinating lady in their own family, and this gives them the chance to tell her story to today's generations."
Constructed in the early 20th century, the Lincoln Highway extends from Lincoln Park, San Francisco to Times Square in New York. Since its creation, the first transcontinental highway has passed through 14 different states and more than 700 different cities.
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