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American road : the story of an epic transcontinental journey at the dawn of the motor age

Author: Pete Davies
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The story of the First Transcontinental Motor Train, an expedition of "eighty-one vehicles and nearly three hundred men" from the White House in Washington, D.C. to San Francisco in 1919.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Nonfiction
Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pete Davies
ISBN: 080506883X 9780805068832 0805072977 9780805072976
OCLC Number: 50058835
Description: 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Zero milestone --
2. A road across America --
3. "We're going to get there; that's all" --
4. A revolution in movement --
5. Soldier weds in hurry --
6. The mud column --
7. Across the 100th meridian --
8. Human-skin shoes --
9. The Utah controversy --
10. Ghost road --
11. The promised land --
Epilogue : the end of the road.
Responsibility: Pete Davies.
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The story of the First Transcontinental Motor Train, an expedition of "eighty-one vehicles and nearly three hundred men" from the White House in Washington, D.C. to San Francisco in 1919.

This book is a fascinating account of the greatest road trip in American history. On July 7, 1919, an extraordinary cavalcade of military motor vehicles set off from the White House on an epic journey. Their goal was California, and ahead of them lay 3,250 miles of dirt, mud, rock, and sand. Stretching more than two miles long, the convoy included trucks, cars, motorcycles, ambulances, machine shops, and mobile kitchens. All told, there were eighty-one vehicles and nearly three hundred men. Two months later they arrived in San Francisco, having averaged just five miles an hour. Known as the First Transcontinental Motor Train, this trip was an adventure, a circus, a public-relations coup, and a war game all rolled into one. As road conditions worsened, it also became a daily battle of sweat and labor, guts and determination. - Jacket flap.

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