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Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003)

The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903!

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In 1903, Americans considered automobiles practical for short trips only. Horatio Nelson Jackson believed differently. He bet a man fifty dollars that he could drive an automobile across the country. Nelson paid a man to accompany him on a trip that attempted to go from California into Oregon and the Rocky Mountain states, then across the Midwestern U.S.A. and finally to New York City. Jackson's trip made him a media sensation. While Jackson, the other man, and a dog travelled by car, they encountered numerous setbacks involving mechanical difficulties. After the Jackson car started, two other teams of drivers set out from San Francisco, each trying to be the first team to reach New York. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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This is what a documentary should be!
24 March 2007 | by (Northern Hemisphere) – See all my reviews

Wonderful job, Ken Burns!

As one who was eight when Horatio Nelson Jackson passed away, all I can do is thank him for his pioneering trip.

Even back in 1967, when I cruised across the US in my Mustang, a journey spanning North America was a challenge, sixty four years after HNJ did it with Crocker and Bud and mud holes that passed as roads. Now that I see what conditions were like just after the turn of the century (nineteenth to twentieth), I have an increased appreciation for those who gave it a try.

A wonderful film that really gives one the sense of being there.

All my love to his darling Swipes!


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