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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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Murphy Guyer ... Other Voices (voice)
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Roger Allison ... Himself (scenes deleted)
Mary Louise Blanchard ... Herself
Dayton Duncan ... Himself
William Least Heat-Moon ... Himself (writer)
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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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At the end, a photo of Dr. Jackson's dog is seen, and the sound of a dog barking can be heard. See more »

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I was especially interested in this film when I heard Burns was doing it, first from the standpoint of a Vermonter, second from the standpoint of having heard from my grandfather how his father had taken him out to watch as Nelson passed through Poughkeepsie on the last leg of the trip, following what is now Route 9 from Albany to New York. An excellent film, providing an outstanding depiction of what things were like before the automobile became the center of our lives.


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