Horatio's Drive

Horatio's Drive

America's First Road Trip

DVD - 2003
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Horatio Nelson Jackson, an eccentric Vermont doctor, drove from San Francisco to New York City, in 1903 to became the first person to drive an automobile across the continent - a feat never before accomplished. It would mark the beginning of a new era in America and the end of another. It took Lewis & Clark over two years to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific - Horatio went the opposite direction, by means of the "Horseless carriage", in less than 3 months.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, c2003
ISBN: 9780780641440
Branch Call Number: 917.304 AV DVD DUN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. w/b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 02, 2015

This was very enjoyable, yet I found it quite annoying that the chauffeur and mechanic--the guy who did most of the work, actually--got so much less credit than the rich guy. By the end, even the rich guy's dog garners more attention than the fellow who kept the automobile going, no matter what. His name was Sewall K. Crocker. He must have been quite amazing in his own right.

Jan 12, 2015

What a great movie. If you enjoy road trips, wilderness adventures.. you can't miss this. Horatio Nelson Jackson drove cross-country on a $50 bet when most people thought it was impossible. He had to find his way through the American wilderness, fix the auto when it broke, find gasoline where there were no stations, and keep his spirits up when things were going bad. A fantastic documentary, making the viewer feel like they are sitting right along side with Jackson, his mechanic, and the dog.

May 05, 2014

Magnificent story by Ken Burns of a little known slice of americana featuring a race across the USA in a primitive horseless carriage the result of a bet if it was possible to cross america by car when roads were primitive and the newfangled cars were highly undependable. The mountainous west was especially difficult to travel. Very charming.

Jan 08, 2013

Loved this. Entertaining, inspirational, and educational. I'll watch it again.


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