Horatio's Drive America's First Road Trip

ISBN-10: 037541536X

ISBN-13: 9780375415364

Edition: 2003

Authors: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns

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The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the first—and perhaps most astonishing—automobile trip across the United States. In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”—but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here—in Jackson’s own words and photographs—is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement. Jackson was possessed of a deep thirst for adventure, and his remarkable story chronicles the very beginning of the restless road trips that soon became a way of life in America. Horatio’s Drive is the first chapter in our nation’s great romance with the road. With 146 illustrations and 1 map
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/8/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 10.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Ken Burns, founder of Florentine Films, is a director, producer, & writer who has been making documentaries for more than 15 years. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Preface: The Way We Enter Our History
A Passing Mechanical Fancy
The Hardest Work I Ever Did
One of the Wonders of the Century
An Enthusiast for Motoring
The Worst of It Is Over
Buffalo Wallows
Watch Me Now
A Signal Triumph
Afterword: Song of the Open Road
Horatio's Itinerary
Acknowledgments
Selected Sources
Illustration Credits
Film Credits
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