Charles H. Bigelow



(promoter of the Arrowhead Trail)


Charles Henry Bigelow was born on August 26, 1872 in Kilbourne, Mason County, Illinois.

Harriet Estelle Ingraham was born on October 16, 1877. Her name is sometimes listed as Hattie or Harriat.

Charles was a race car driver. He drove in the 1911 inaugural Indianapolis 500 race and was the earliest
born driver to have raced in any Indy 500.

Charles was also a travel writer and popularized the first road between Los Angeles and Salt Lake, giving it the
name by which it was know for many years, The Arrowhead Trail. Built in various stages around 1910-3, the
route was proven definitely in 1915 when Bigelow drove the route repeatedly to publicize its viability. Between
1915 and 1916, he drove the entire route many times in the twin-six Packard he named "Cactus Kate."

Charles died on June 8, 1958 in Los Angeles.
He was buried in Plot C_29_30_2 of the St. George City Cemetery.

Harriet died on February 2, 1963 in Los Angeles?.
She was buried in Plot C_29_30_3 of the St. George City Cemetery.


Charles' Parents and Siblings:
    Edwin Bigelow
    Sarah Bigelow
        Emma Bigelow
        Fannie Bigelow
        Charles Henry Bigelow

(12/30/1834-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married 3/31/1876)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(8/26/1872-6/8/1958)   (married Harriet Estelle Ingraham)

Harriet's Parents and Siblings:
    Daniel Ingraham
    Lois Ingraham
        Minnie Ingraham
        Frank Ingraham
        Maud Ingraham
        Harriet Ingraham

(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(10/16/1877-2/2/1963)   (married Charles Henry Bigelow)

Charles & Harriet's Family:
    Charles Henry Bigelow
    Harriet Estelle Ingraham Bigelow  
        No children

(8/26/1872-6/8/1958)   (married 3/25/1903)


Charles H. Bigelow


Research on Charles Bigelow
By Lisa Michele Church

Index to the Charles Bigelow Scrapbook
Index prepared by Lisa Michele Church
Scrapbook in the Special Collections of the Dixie State University Library

Article about a 36-hour drive in inclement weather from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles May 28-29, 1917
The Salt Lake Tribune, June 3, 1917

Wikipedia article about Charles Bigelow (racing driver)

Find-A-Grave entry for Charles Henry Bigelow

Find-A-Grave entry for Harriet E Bigelow