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1915--The Lincoln Highway Goes Hollywood--1915
Anita King - "Koast to Koast" in a Kissel Kar

On Wendesday August 25, 1915 Miss Anita King,
a former race car driver and now "Movie Star" set out from Los Angeles
to be the first woman to cross the Continent alone.

The Los Angeles Times put it like this, "There will be nobody with her
at any time on the trip. She will have no mechanician, no chauffeur,
no maid. Her only companions will be a rifle and a six shooter."

That same day, Henry C. Osterman and the Lincoln Highway Film Crew
completed a 4 month Journey across the United States and arrived at
the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco to
cheering crowds and a Special Lincoln Highway Day Celebration.

Starting at 6 p.m. in front of the Lasky Studios, Miss King,
officially known as the "Paramount Girl" began the first leg
of the Journey in a record breaking 17 hour drive to San Francisco
and the PPIE.

The Car was promptly placed on display at the KisselKar exhibit
in the Palace of Transportation while Miss King rested for a few days.

While on display, her trip attracted so much attention that officials
at the PPIE decided to post daily bulletins and track her progress by placing
small flags on the huge 365 foot long 3-D Lincoln Highway Map
in the Palace of Transportation.

This too was a first.

On Tuesday night Miss King drove the KisselKar on stage at the Imperial Theatre
in San Francisco and before a motion picture crew received a message
from Mayor Rolph Jr. for New York Mayor John Mitchel.

Afterward, she was forced to tell the audience the "why" of this most unusual journey.

Seems she overheard her boss, motion picture magnate, Jesse Lasky tell a group of
film celebrities that it would be at least ten years befor the Lincoln Highway
would be in such shape that a lady could make the drive without difficulty.

Miss King an expert driver, immediately challenged the statement, one word brought
another with Lasky proposing to pay for such a trip and promising a high powered
KisselKarr as prize if she was successful.

The next morning, she was met at the foot of Broadway in Oakland
by more than 2 dozen enthusiastic KisselKar owners and escorted out of town
to begin her unprecidented journey to New York City via the Lincoln Highway.

Her itinerary included San Francisco, Sacramento, Truckee, Reno,
Fallon, Austin, Ely, Fish Springs, Salt Lake City, Green River,
Rawlins, Laramie, Kimball, North Platte, Grand Island, Omaha,
Boone, Cedar Rapids, Dixon, Chicago, Valparaiso, South Bend,
Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Delphos, Lima, Dayton, Springfield, London,
Columbus, Zanesville, Wheeling, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Bedford,
Chambersburg, Hanover, York, Columbia, Lancaster, Coatesville,
Westchester, Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Princeton,
New Brunswick, Elizabeth, and New York.

While enroute she stopped at 100 Paramount Theatres
and spoke on the art filmmaking.

Four days out, the "Queen of the Screen" was driving in masterly style and averaging
more than 100 miles a day.

Then she hit Nevada...

The New York Times quotes Miss King in their September 19th edition.

"Leaving Reno on what is known as the Lovelock Road,
which is impassable in wet weather, ten miles from Lincoln Highway,
I got stuck in the mud. There had been a big cloudburst,
but I did not know it, and I worked from 9 o'clock in the morning
until 8 o'clock that night shoveling mud.

I got the car out, drove fifty feet, and was stuck again.
It was impossible for me to go on, and I had no food with me
as I expected to make Fallon in four hours.
I was exhausted so I got blankets out to lie down.

About midnight a mad coyote attacked me, and after a terrible struggle
I finally killed him, and knew nothing more until I was picked up by prospectors,
who heard the shots of my gun. This was 3:30 A.M.,
so I must have fought with the coyote for three hours.

The prospectors took me eighteen miles to a station house and gave me food.
When I fully recovered I went back and got my car
and followed the prospectors to Lovelock.

Then I continued on my journey.

The roads were terrible, so hot and dusty, that it took me nine hours
to drive 80 and a half miles to Winnemucca."

When she finally arrived in New York City some 49 days later,
She had accomplished the unthinkable.

A large delegation met her at the 129th street ferry
and escourted her to City Hall to deliver the Mayoral dispatchs.

Following the ceremony the party adjourned to the Knickerbocker Hotel,
where a luncheon was served. Miss King received a large silver cup
from the Kissel Kar Company to commemorate her trip.

Among those present were W. W. Hodkinson, president of the Paramount
Pictures Corporation; Samuel B. Goldfish (later known as Samuel Goldwin),
treasurer of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, and Russell L. Engs,
local agent of the Kissel Kar.

Soon thereafter production started on a movie version of her trip
entitled, "The Race" starring...Anita King and Victor Moore.

In one scene, she was called on to drive a speeding car off a burning bridge
at 65 miles per hour. Her sister in New York got wind of it and filed
for an injuction to prevent the stunt.

Apparently she was unsuccesful because she did the stunt and ended up in
the hospital for several days with bumps and bruises.

A photo of the stunt can be seen in the April 2, 1916 San Francisco Chronicle
and the September 1916 issue of Sunset Magazine. (See Press Coverage, Below)

The Film opened in Los Angeles on April 17, 1916 and ran for a week.

The critics were not kind although, Variety did say, "The Photography
is excellent." Footage from her Transcontinental Trip was used in parts,
so this might be the only surviving film of the three known early film trips.

On May 4, 1916 the film opened in San Francisco at the Imperial Theatre
for three days with Miss King again appearing live on stage
in a King Automobile at the evening and matinee performances.

Miss King then pretended to drive along with a moving background
and tell stories of her unprecidented trip the year before.

Apparently in the short time following her trip, Miss King switched
sponsorship from the KisselKar to the King car for obvious reasons.

She did however keep her affiliation with Firestone Tire and did a
special Transcontinental Promotional Tour from Los Angeles
to Washington DC in 1918 as part of a Liberty Loan Drive.

Miss King retired from active filmmaking in 1919 having made 19 films.
In 1926 Miss King returned from a trip to Hawaii and said,
"Now with my mother, four children, the cat, and the parrot
I often make the same trip in twelve days."
Adding with a laugh,
"Nobody thinks anything about it."

She died of a heart attack June 10, 1963
at the age of 74 in Hollywood, California.

1915--Anita King - Sets New Woman's Record--1915
Los Angeles to San Francisco

486 Miles - 17 Hours and 55 Minutes
DAY WEEK DATE CITY STATE
0 Wedensday Aug 25, 1915 Los Angeles CA
1 Thursday Aug 26, 1915 San Francisco CA
Press Coverage
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Sun-3 Aug 22 Los Angeles Times Anita King to Drive Across Continent Alone VI, 7 2-3 20" 1 Click
Sun-3 Aug 22 Oakland Tribune Will Attempt Drive to New York Alone 39 1-4 10" 1 Click
Sun-3 Aug 22 San Francisco Chronicle Movie Actress to Drive Across U.S. [Alone] 44 5-6 10" 1 Click
Wed*0 Aug 25 San Francisco Call & Post Actress to Motor 3000 Miles Alone 5 2 5" No Click
Thur*1 Aug 26 Los Angeles Times Just before the Start III, 2 2-3 7" 1 Click
Sun+3 Aug 29 Oakland Tribune Movie Star Breaks Road Mark 39 1 10" *** Click

1915--Anita King - First Unaccompanied Person Across the Continent--1915
San Francisco to New York City

*** Miles - 49 Days
DAY WEEK DATE CITY STATE
0 Wedensday September 1, 1922 San Francisco CA
1 Thursday September 2, 1915 Sacramento CA
2 Friday September 3, 1915 Truckee CA
3 Saturday September 4, 1915 Reno NV
4 Sunday September 5, 1915 Station House NV
6 Monday September 6, 1915 *** ***
7 Tuesday September 7, 1915 *** ***
8 Wedensday September 8, 1915 *** ***
9 Thursday September 9, 1915 Salt Lake City UT
10 Friday September 10, 1915 *** ***
11 Saturday September 11, 1915 *** ***
12 Sunday September 12, 1915 *** ***
13 Monday September 13, 1915 *** ***
14 Tuesday September 14, 1915 *** ***
15 Wedensday September 2, 1915 *** ***
16 Thursday September 16, 1915 *** ***
17 Friday September 17, 1915 *** ***
18 Saturday September 18, 1915 *** ***
19 Sunday September 19, 1915 *** ***
20 Monday September 20, 1915 *** ***
21 Tuesday September 21, 1915 *** ***
22 Wedensday September 22, 1915 *** ***
23 Thursday September 23, 1915 *** ***
24 Friday September 24, 1915 *** ***
25 Saturday September 25, 1915 *** ***
26 Sunday September 26, 1915 *** ***
27 Monday September 27, 1915 *** ***
28 Tuesday September 28, 1915 *** ***
29 Wedensday September 29, 1915 *** ***
30 Thursday September 30, 1915 *** ***
31 Friday October 1, 1915 *** ***
32 Saturday October 2, 1915 *** ***
33 Sunday October 3, 1915 *** ***
34 Monday October 4, 1915 *** ***
35 Tuesday October 5, 1915 *** ***
36 Wedensday October 6, 1915 *** ***
37 Thursday October 7, 1915 *** ***
38 Friday October 8, 1915 *** ***
39 Saturday October 9, 1915 *** ***
40 Sunday October 10, 1915 *** ***
41 Monday October 11, 1915 *** ***
42 Tuesday October 12, 1915 *** ***
43 Wedensday October 13, 1915 *** ***
44 Thursday October 14, 1915 *** ***
45 Friday October 15, 1915 *** ***
46 Saturday October 16, 1915 *** ***
47 Sunday October 17, 1915 *** ***
48 Monday October 18, 1915 *** ***
49 Tuesday October 19, 1915 New York City NY
Press Coverage
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Sun-3 Aug 29 San Francisco Chronicle Movie Actress to Drive Across U.S. A-2 2-3,7 10" 1 Click
Sun-3 Aug 29 San Francisco Examiner Girl Driver out for New Record 32 5 8" No Click
Wed*1 Sept 1 The New York Dramatic Mirror Lone Girl to Cross Continent 29 2 4" No Click
Wed*1 Sept 1 San Francisco Call & Post Anita King Movie Actress... 6 4 4" 1 Click
Wed*1 Sept 1 San Francisco Examiner Woman Will Drive Across U.S. 11 1 8" No Click
Thurs*2 Sept 2 Oakland Tribune Anita King Starts Highway Trip... 11 5 20" 1 Click
Sun*5 Sept 5 Oakland Tribune Anita King, Due at Ely, Nevada, Today 34 1 10" No Click
Sun*5 Sept 5 San Francisco Chronicle Movie Star on Way Across U.S. 44 6-7 6" No Click
Sun*5 Sept 5 San Francisco Examiner Miss Anita King at Wheel of KisselKar 29 2-3 12" 1 Click
Sun*5 Sept 5 Los Angeles Times Anita King's Trip Recorded VI, 2 1-2 10" 2 Click
Sun*12 Sept 12 Oakland Tribune Woman Motorist Lost on Nevada Deserts 38 8 6" No Click
Sun*12 Sept 12 San Francisco Chronicle Mark Lincoln Highway is Autoist Plea 43 2 6" No Click
Sun*12 Sept 12 San Francisco Examiner Guides Needed on Lincoln Way 33 4 7" No Click
Sun*19 Sept 19 Oakland Tribune Challenge Lady Driver to Race 36 1 6" No Click
Sun*19 Sept 19 Oakland Tribune Anita King Near End of Hard Trip 38 1 6" No Click
Sun*19 Sept 19 New York Times Written on the Screen-Anita King VI, 6 3 4" No Click
Wed+1 Oct 20 San Francisco Examiner Movie Actress Motors From L.A. to N.Y. 7 5 3" No Click
Sun+6 Oct 24 San Francisco Chronicle Movie Star Ends Trip to Atlantic 43 2 8" No Click
Sat+12 Oct 30 New York Dramatc Mirror Anita King Arrives 25 2 3" No Click
Magazine Articles
# DATE PUBLICATION TITLE AUTHOR PAGES SIZE PHOTO VIEW RG
1 Sept 15 The Horseless Age Miss Anita King-Paramount Girl Cut Line 282 4" 1 Click No+
2 Nov 1 The Horseless Age Miss Anita King-Arrives New York Cut Line 430 8" 2 Click No+

Premiere
Superba Theatre
1916--"The Race"--1916
Paramount Pictures
Starring-Anita King & Victor Moore

Los Angeles
April 17th
Film Reviews
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Fri April 7 Variety The Race 23 1 6" No Click
Thurs April 13 Wid's Film Daily *** 506 *** *** *** Click
Sat April 15 New York Dramatic Mirror The Race 30 4 7" No Click
Sat April 22 Motography The Race 939 1-2 7" 1 Click
Sat April 22 Motion Picture News *** 2368 *** *** *** Click
Sat April 22 Moving Picture World The Race 639 2 3" 1 Click
Sat April 22 Moving Picture World The Race 696 1,3 3" No Click
Press Coverage
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Sun March 26 New York Times Written on the Screen-Anita King II,10 1 4" No Click
Sun April 2 San Francisco Chronicle Auto is Sent Across Burning Bridge... 35 2-5 4" 1 Click
*** April 8 New York Dramatic Mirror Features on the Market 34 3-4 1" No Click
Mon April 10 New York Times The Race 11 3 1" No Click
Sat April 22 Moving Picture World Paramount-The Race 373,375 FP FP Ad Click
Sat April 15 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 3 7-8 3" Ad Click
Sun April 16 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" III, 3 7-8 20" Ad Click
Sun April 16 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 19 5 2" No Click
Mon April 17 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" III, 4 7-8 3" Ad Click
Tues April 18 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 6 1-2 3" Ad Click
Wed April 19 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 6 7-8 3" Ad Click
Thurs April 20 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 6 1-2 3" Ad Click
Fri April 21 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 6 7-8 3" Ad Click
Sat April 22 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" II, 6 7-8 3" Ad Click
Sun April 23 Los Angeles Times Superba Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" III, 3 7-8 8" Ad Click
Sun April 30 San Francisco Chronicle Girl Film Star, Auto Pilot,to Appear Here 54 2 5" 1 Click
Wed May 3 San Francisco Chronicle Imperial Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" 3 7 3" Ad Click
Wed May 3 San Francisco Chronicle King Auto-See Anita King 7 7-8 8" Ad Click
Wed May 3 San Francisco Examiner Imperial Theatre-Anita King, "The Race" 5 7 3" Ad Click
Thurs May 4 San Francisco Call & Post Miss Anita King Warns of Eastern Ads... 7 4 12" 1 Click
Thurs May 4 San Francisco Call & Post Film Queen, 'Mother' of 'Movie' Girls... 7 3-4 CL 1 Click
Thurs May 4 San Francisco Chronicle Anita King Will Tell of Auto Trip 5 2-3 20" 1 Click
Fri May 5 San Francisco Chronicle King Auto-See Anita King 2 6 6" Ad Click
Fri May 5 San Francisco Chronicle Firestone-Anita King Won "The Race" 2 7-8 20" Ad Click
Sat May 6 San Francisco Call & Post King Eight is Making Big Hit 7 8 4" No Click
Sat May 6 San Francisco Call & Post A King for a Queen 7 6-7 CL 1 Click
Sat May 6 San Francisco Call & Post Inter-City Run in High Gear.. 8 1 5" No Click
Sat May 6 San Francisco Call & Post Reliance-Los Angeles to San Francisco... 8 3-4 16" Ad Click
Sat May 6 San Francisco Call & Post Firestone-Anita King Won "The Race" 8 5-6 20" Ad Click
Sun May 7 San Francisco Chronicle King High Gear Test Proves... 63 2-6 20" 2 Click
*** July 8 New York Dramatic Mirror Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky 27 FP FP Ad Click
*** Aug 26 New York Dramatic Mirror King Complexion Cream 23 2 2" No Click
*** Sept Sunset Magazine A Little Mother of the Movies 30 *** 6-pgs 3 Click

1918--Fourth Liberty Loan Drive--1918
Los Angeles to Washington DC

LIBERTY


LOAN DRIVE

LIBERTY


LOAN DRIVE

Press Coverage
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Sun Oct 20, 18 San Francisco Chronicle Anita King on Tour East... 44 2-3 6" 1 Click

Additional Coverage
DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Tues Aug 12, 26 San Francisco Chronicle Original "Paramont Girl" Back... 4 2-3 6" 1 Click
Tues June 11, 63 Los Angeles Times Early Day Film Star Anita King...Dies II,1 6 6" 1 Click

Anita King-Web Links
NUMBER TITLE SITE VIEW
1 "Speeding Sweethearts of the Silent Screen" Welcome to Silent Movies Click
2 Photo-Anita King at Princess Theatre-Ames, Iowa Ames Public Library Click
3 KisselKar Archives Universtiy of Wisconsin Click
4 Anita King-Filmography Internet Movie Database Click
5 Anita King-The Race Internet Movie Database Click
6 "God Save Anita King" History Link-Seattle Click
7 Anita King Movie Poster Picturegoer Online Click
8 1916 Premium Photo - Anita King Things-And-Other-Stuff Click
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Special Thanks is Given to
William M. Drew
for Pointing my Nose in the Right Direction.
Click Here
to Read His Article on Anita King and other
"Speeding Sweethearts of the Silent Screen"



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