Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12

November 12, 1867: Edward Payson Weston, the famous pedestrian, passes through Rochester on his 26 day, 1200 mile walk from Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois. Along the way, Weston was known to give lectures on the health benefits of walking to spectators. He was awarded a $10,000 prize for his achievement. He repeated the feat again in 1907, at age 68, finishing ahead of his original time.

Sources and Further Reading:
  1. History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York (1908); Peck, William F.; page 108
  2. Wikipedia: Edward Payson Weston

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