Edward Payson Weston’s Duster
Duster coat
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road… And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.” – Forrest Gump


Edward Payson Weston


Waterproof Overcoat


Slowed Metabolic Rate


Susceptibility to injury ; weakened healing during rest


Walking while wearing

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

March 28, 2017



Edward Payson Weston bet against a friend that Lincoln would never win the race for president. His penance, besides a bruised ego, was to walk 478 miles (769 km) from Massachusetts to the D.C. to applaud the new leader on his inauguration. In 10 days!

Emboldened by the journey, Weston became a professional pedestrian – an ultramarathoner at walking pace. His sojourns included a 1200-mile (1900 km) lick between Portland, Maine and Chicago for a $10,000 payday, a month-long trek through frostbitten New England squalls and several incidents of unruly crowds (bad Cleveland, bad).

  • Central New York greeted his escapades with blizzards and brass bands galore.
  • Illinois encounters included muddy torrents, helpful hosts and firing all the valets accompanying him.
  • Kansas was typical stormy conditions which continued into Colorado, made worse by taking the trip at night.
  • The western states had the advantage of train tracks and workers sending him supplies via rail to check on his state. Came in handy to monitor Weston in the sweltering heat and provide medical assistance when needed.
  • After 122 days of transcontinental humbugging, Weston reached San Francisco in 1909. The 70-year-old was disappointed - he didn’t reach his goal in 100 days.

During every walk, Weston carried little besides a cane. Police escorts oversaw his protection in different towns while a bandwagon followed him with supplies and ample beer. He often avoided taking anything motorized unless the gap was physically impassable to avoid accusations of lollygagging. Most nights (minus Sundays) saw less than 6 hours of sleep. Almost all stays were dependent upon the kindness of strangers either amused, proud or pitiful of his lofty goal.


Decreases the amount of caloric energy needed to function normally. Allows them to continue for extreme periods of time without food, rest or medication. Which they will be in constant need of. As their body basically slows every vital system to a standstill, it reduces the effectiveness of healing. Cuts don’t immediately clot and bruises don’t start swelling until hours after impact. Diseases are very dangerous as suppression won’t begin until long after it’s circulated through. It even makes falling into sleep states longer, unable to smoothly transition to unconsciousness.

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