november, 2018

12nov12:15 pm1:00 pmBrown Bag Lecture: The Adventures of a 1901 Toledo Steam CarLearn about the history and adventures of the Toledo steam car and its wild trip to the Grand Canyon!Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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In January of 1902 a specially built steam car made by the American Bicycle Company was delivered by rail to Oliver Lippincott in Flagstaff Arizona. Mr. Lippincott was proposing to drive this Toledo steam car from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. The first trip by an automobile from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. The trip started on a Saturday at 2:10pm and it was thought to take only 3 ½ hours. It took six days and became, according to Winfield Hogaboom a reporter for the Los Angeles Herald who was along for the ride, “a trip from Hell.”

In August of 2014 the Howell brothers, Chris and Nick, from England, after 8 years of restoration, brought the very same specially built Toledo Steam Car back to Flagstaff Arizona for a second trip to the Grand Canyon. The trip was thought to be a piece of cake…It wasn’t.

This event is free to the public. Does not include tour admission to Riordan Mansion. Visitor Center, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Phone: 928-779-4395.


(Monday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

409 W Riordan Rd.

Arizona Historical Society