“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
University Park in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Van Buren Sisters

The Van Buren Sisters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin B
1. The Van Buren Sisters Marker
Inscription.  In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren set out to prove women could ride motorcycles across the country to serve as military dispatch riders. Even though their attempt was futile, they became the first women to make a solo coast-to-coast trek on the Lincoln Highway - traveling from New York to California. These courageous women came across obstacles like being arrested in the Chicago area for wearing men's clothing, but still completed their trip in about two months.
Erected by Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsMilitaryRoads & VehiclesWomen. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 41° 25.78′ N, 87° 40.515′ W. Marker is in University Park, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is on Farmview Road just east of Surrey Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 Farmview Road, University Park IL 60484, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles
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of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Park Forest, Illinois (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dedicated to Adam Brown (approx. 4 miles away); Matteson, Illinois (approx. 4.9 miles away); Site of Absolem Wells Cabin (approx. 5.7 miles away); Chicago Heights (approx. 5.8 miles away); Sauk Village (approx. 7˝ miles away); Dixie Highway connected Chicago to Miami in the early days of automobile travel (approx. 9 miles away); Dixie Highway (approx. 9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Kevin B of Chicago, Illinois. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 54 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Kevin B of Chicago, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 2, 2023