Horatio's Drive

The remarkable story of the first person to cross the United States by car.

In the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled "horseless carriage." Most people doubted that the automobile had much of a future. Jackson's trip would prove them wrong.

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Funding Provided By: General Motors Corporation;Public Broadcasting Service; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations;Park Foundation