Weston the Pedestrian

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From The Peninsular Courier & Family Visitant of 19 September, 1867, page 8, column 3

Weston The Pedestrian.—Edward Payson Weston1, the pedestrian, who created somewhat of a sensation in 1861 by walking from Boston to Washington against time, averaging fifty-one miles for the ten consecutive days, has been pitted against his old antagonist, to walk from Portland, Me., to Chicago, Ill., a distance of one thousand two hundred miles, in twenty-six walking days, for the sum of ten thousand dollars a side. The articles of agreement provide that Weston is to perform his arduous labor in thirty days, without walking between midnight on Saturday and midnight on Sunday; and is to walk one hundred consecutive miles inside of twenty-four consecutive hours as a part of the feat. The start from Portland will be made between the 1st and 15th of October. On this trip Weston will pass through parts of ten different States, and more than three hundred cities and towns.

  1. A number of other pieces on Weston are in the stack waiting to be transcribed; he was apparently quite the celebrity of his day.