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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1829-1904
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various-Diversi-Différents
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Francis_Train
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1507369
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Scatamacchia C., Nellie Bly: Un'avventurosa giornalista e viaggiatrice americana dell'Ottocento, Perugia : Morlacchi Editore, 2002.

George Francis Train (1829-1904), merchant and entrepreneur, was born on 24 March 1829 at Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, son of Oliver Train and his wife Maria, née Pickering. His parents and three sisters died in a yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans in 1833 and he was raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, by his maternal grandparents, who were staunch Methodists. Train remained a life-long total abstainer from alcohol and tobacco. From the age of 16 he worked in Boston and Liverpool with the White Diamond Line of Enoch Train, his father's cousin, and gained experience of both American and English commerce. On 5 October 1851 he married a Southern belle Wilhelmina Wilkinson Davis; on 23 May 1853 they arrived in Melbourne in the Bavaria.

The flamboyant Train was representative in many ways of the scores of American merchants attracted to Australia by the gold rushes. Melbourne partly owes its nineteenth-century reputation for being Americanized to men like him and his partner Ebenezer Caldwell, a respectable New England sea captain. As few left any account of their experiences, the letters that Train wrote to American newspapers are of much value, revealing the refreshingly different reactions of an American republican to Australian conditions. He and Caldwell generated enthusiasm for the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange and continually stressed the need for more public and private enterprise. Train wrote several reports for the chamber; he drafted its motion in favour of the unrestricted entry of Chinese; and with other Americans he promoted a land policy modelled on United States principles. He usually eschewed politics and, despite persistent rumours to the contrary, his eloquent advocacy of the virtues of republicanism was reserved for Independence Day speeches and for his American readers.

By putting substantial warehouses at each end of the new railway from Sandridge to Flinders Street, Caldwell, Train & Co. made it easier for passengers of the White Star Line of Liverpool, for which they were agents, to transfer themselves and their luggage from port to city. The partners were prominent in organizing a volunteer fire brigade; they imported clothing, guns, flour, building materials, patent medicines, mining tools, coaches and carts, wagons and buggies. After Caldwell left Melbourne in the Red Jacket in August 1854 the firm, now G. F. Train & Co., continued to make money and traded until 1858. The Argus credited Train's 'energy, spirit and restless activity' with 'stirring up a spirit of emulation' among Victorian merchants and so succeeding in 'vitalising our whole commercial system'. C. S. Ross remembered him in those days as 'full of indomitable energy, faultlessly dressed, always swinging an elegant cane in his hand; his jaunty air, breezy manner, and genial volubility made him a general favorite'.

Train's wife returned to Boston in 1854 and gave birth to a daughter. He decided to rejoin her and left Melbourne in early November next year, travelling by way of the Orient and the Middle East. His accounts of the trip were sent to the New York Herald, were published in 1857 with his Australian letters as An American Merchant in Europe, Asia, and Australia … and were so well received that Freeman Hunt of the Merchants' Magazine sent him to Europe to report on economic and social conditions. In 1859 in New York he published Spread-Eagleism, which included speeches he had made at banquets in Melbourne. In the next few years Train established horse-drawn tramways in Birkenhead and London and played an elusive role in the financing of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad and the Union Pacific in the United States. His noisy support of the American Union harmed his English enterprises. In 1870 he went on a second world trip which he claimed gave Jules Verne the model for Around the World in Eighty Days. Insolvent at 47 and his presidential ambitions unsupported, he turned to lecturing as his main source of income.

Train's enthusiastic pursuit of 'causes', ranging from Fenianism to women's suffrage, resulted in several imprisonments in Britain and America. 'Ubiquitous and irrepressible' he toured the world again in 1890 and 1892. His wife, from whom he had lived apart since 1872, predeceased him in 1879. He died in New York on 18 January 1904, two years after publishing My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands. He was survived by three of his four children.
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/train-george-francis-4745

 

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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Switzerland-Svizzera-Suisse
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1895-1954
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On horseback-A cavallo-A cheval
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: North America-America del Nord-Amérique du Nord, Central America-America centrale-Amérique centrale
Internet: http://www.aimetschiffely.org
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2828058

A. F. Tschiffely was born into an old Swiss family in Bern in 1895 where he was educated and became a teacher. An adventurer at heart, he left Switzerland to teach in England in his early 20s, but found a new passion as a professional footballer and boxer. He then moved to Buenos Aires where he settled into teaching again, at St. George's College, Quilmes, and later as the temporary headmaster of the Buenos Aires English High School, but still found time on long vacations for adventures riding horses and exploring the surrounding pampas.

He made many friends among the ranchers and learned a lot about horses and outdoor travel. In 1925, at the age of thirty, he decided to undertake a journey by horseback from Buenos Aires to Washington DC. At the time (and even to this day) most would assume this could not be done. A newspaper at the time declared "Impossible! Absurd! The man must be mad!". He wrote about his ride in a bestselling book called Southern Cross to Pole Star, The Ride or Tschiffely's Ride in which he recounts his epic three-year journey from 1925 to 1928 on two native Criollo horses named Mancha (meaning Spotty) and Gato (meaning Cat), direct descendants of horses brought to Argentina by the conquistador Pedro de Mendoza in 1535, the first horses brought to the new world. These horses were of the best Spanish stock, at the time, the best in Europe, which had gone feral in the pampas. They were legendary for their toughness, intelligence and stamina.

After Ride Tschiffely became a famous successful author and moved with his wife Violet to London where he continued to write more books, one of which was a biography of his friend Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham who had died in 1936. In 1937 he returned to South America and made another journey, by car, to the southern tip of the continent, recording his experiences among the natives and the changes brought on by modernity in This Way Southward (1940).

In February 1998, and according to his final wishes, his ashes were buried next to Gato and Mancha in Emilio Solanet's farm, near Ayacucho, Argentina. Solanet was an argentinian National Deputy who bought the two horses to Tehuelche chief Liempichún, in Patagonia.

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Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Coast to Coast - On Juli 5, 1939, we left Newark, N. J., to visit the World's Fair in San Francisco, California, other interesting points of America, also Mexico. We are going through New Jersey, Penn., Maryland, Dist. of Columbia, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianna, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, W. Virginia, Penn. and then home, sweet home, Newark, N. J.
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Ford Car No.2 is First in long contest

Finishes Transcontinental Race at Seattle in Presence of 15'000 Spectators

SEATTLE, Wash. June 22.- Amid the cheers of 1,500 persons, who blocked the streets four blocks around the main entrance to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition to such an extent that it was with difficulty that the racing automobile could force its way through, Ford car No. 2, driven by W. B. Scott, In the transcontinental automobile race, crossed the tape at 12:55:35 o'clock today, winning the Guggenheim trophy cup and $2,000 purse, after having been out 22 days and 55 minutes from New- York. The car was seriously delayed during the last 100 miles of the race by the deep snow in Snoquaimie pass through the Cascade mountains. Driver Scott said that in some places drifts were encountered five feet deep and that the road through the pass was the worst encountered during the entire trip, characterizing the road through New York as the best. Owing to a rumor that was circulated saying a protest would be entered against Ford car No. 2 because it was reported to have dropped a man and afterward picked him up, the award was not made this afternoon. It is understood that the report of a protest is incorrect. The Shawmut car, which entered the Cascade mountains eight hours behind the Ford car No. 2, has not been reported yet. It is expected to finish during the night and claim the second prize of $1,600.

The San Francisco call, 24.06.1909

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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various-Diversi-Différents
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Internet: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Turot
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q3132097

Gaston Stiegler journaliste au Matin, parti de Paris le 29 mai 1901 à 01h50 du soir, put abaisser le record de Phileas Fogg à 63 jours et 16 heures. Il fut plus heureux que son adversaire Henri Turot, parti dans l'autre sens. Toutefois, comme le fit remarquer Jules Verne, "aujourd'hui ce n'est plus une affaire de tourner ainsi, commodément installé dans un wagon, autour du monde".

 

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Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde

Stanys Urman il podista lituano, già campione del mondo di marcia, dopo avere sofferto la prigionia in Russia ed avere combattuto su moltissimi fronti, s'è messo a fare il giro del mondo a piedi. È passato da Locarno, da Bellinzona, da Lugano suscitando ovunque interesse e simpatia. È in viaggio ora verso Roma e si recherà poscia in Jugoslavia."

Illustrazione Ticinese, 6 febbraio 1952

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Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1939-
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various-Diversi-Différents
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Least_Heat-Moon
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Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Least Heat-Moon W., Nikawa : diario di bordo di una navigazione attraverso l’America, Torino : Einaudi, 2002.
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Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Tour de France, 1922, 3700 kilomètres - Vache, sur motocyclette Indian et pneus Hutchinson
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