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Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip.

Grade Levels: 9 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Length: 01:48:37
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In the spring of 1903, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco 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. Traveling with his co-driver Sewall K. Crocker and a bulldog named Bud, Jackson had the adventure of his life. This was America's first transcontinental road trip, and like all road trips that would follow it included the usual mix of breakdowns and flat tires, inedible meals and uncomfortable beds, getting lost and enduring bad weather, and having a truly unforgettable experience crossing the nation's vast landscape. Throughout it all, Jackson's indomitable spirit and sheer enthusiasm was as indispensable as the fuel for his car.



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