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JOHN BRISBEN WALKER'S FEAT.

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JOHN BRISBEN WALKER'S FEAT.

The New York Times
September 10, 1900


In an Automobile He Ascends Pike's Peak—A Quick Ride Down.

Special to The New York Times.

DENVER, Col., Sept. 9.—For the first time in its history Pike's Peak was yesterday ascended by an automobile, and John Brisben Walker of New York performed the feat.  Although he did not go quite to the top, yet he made an ascent of 11,000 feet, the highest, it is said, that an automobile has traveled anywhere in the world.  His only company in the ascent and the descent was his son Justus, who has accompanied him on the Western trip.

"The road was in frightful condition," said Mr. Walker to-day, "and became worse and worse as we proceeded.  When a distance of 11,000 feet was reached we fell in with tourists, who told us it was much worse beyond and advised us to turn back, which I proceeded to do.  Going back, however, was like coming down a toboggan slide, and we made the distance in a quarter less time.  It was fearfully rapid work."



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