Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

Nellie Bly
A woodcut image of Nellie Bly’s homecoming reception in Jersey City printed in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News on February 8, 1890.

In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American west would threaten Bly’s attempt to defeat Phileas Fogg – as well as her rival – Elizabeth Bisland.

This is the third – and final – part of our series on Nellie Bly.


Here is a list of some of the best resources used for creating this podcast.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman is the best chronicle of Bly’s journey that I found. It also goes into depth regarding the lives of Bly and Bisland.

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days is an online version of Bly’s book that she wrote after the journey.

In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World is Bisland’s version of the global adventure.

Wikipedia has an excellent over of the life of Nellie Bly.

Nellie Bly’s Route

Below is a map showing the route taken by Nellie Bly in her journey around the world.

Nellie Bly's Route

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

3 thoughts on “Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

  1. I’m enjoying all your podcasts but when I saw the name Nelly Bly I was intrigued. I never knew she was a real person because when my children were young I used to bring them to a small amusement area in Brooklyn by the same name. It since has changed names, but was located near to Coney Island. I wonder if Nelly’s husband built it for her. I can’t wait to share this story with my family. I’ve already shared tidbits of your other podcasts with them. Thank you for all your work.


    • Jane, I know that there were various areas around NYC that were named after Bly. The amusement park named after Bly was built in 1966, and was named after her because of her reputation as an adventurer. The park was renamed in Adventurers Amusement Park in the mid-2000s after a renovation. Thanks for listening!


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