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Horatio's drive : [America's first road trip]

Author: Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : Library edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
History
Named Person: Horatio Nelson Jackson; Dayton Duncan; Dayton Duncan; Horatio Nelson Jackson
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns
ISBN: 0736695397 : 9780736695398
OCLC Number: 52570425
Notes: Unabridged.
Subtitle from cover.
Compact disc.
Companion volume to the PBS documentary of the same title.
Credits: Producer, Jacob Bronstein ; music performed and arranged by Bobby Horton and Jacqueline Schwab.
Performer(s): Read by the authors.
Description: 3 sound discs (ca. 3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Horatio's drive (Television program)
Responsibility: by Dayton Duncan ; written by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.

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"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 Jackson's previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad.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."

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