Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-country Automobile Trip

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Dr. Horatio Jackson wasn't necessarily a betting man. But in 1903, he overheard a stranger saying that it was just not possible to drive across the United States in one of those unreliable, newfangled automobiles. Jackson disagreed - he believed in the future of the automobile. So he made a $50 bet with the man that he could drive a car from San Francisco to New York. Jackson bought a used Winton automobile, hired a mechanic named Crocker, packed some supplies, and adopted Bud, a bulldog who became their mascot. The trio's only goal was to make it from San Francisco all the way to New York City in one piece. Yet 5,600 miles and 63 1/2 days later, what they actually did was make history. This true story is based on Jackson's own account of the first automobile trip across the United States.

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Born in Wisconsin, Liz moved to California to attend college. She majored in children's theater and elementary education. After graduation she taught elementary and middle school and directed children's plays through a children's theater group. Liz taught teachers through CSU Hayward's East Bay Extension for ten years, as well as CUSC Extension. She presents assemblies and classroom workshops to all ages. Liz is chair of the California Writers Club Young Writers Contest, Mt. Diablo Branch, a county-wide contest and workshop program for middle school students.

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It might be difficult for children to imagine a time when cars didn’t rule the road, and roads themselves didn’t rule the landscape, but this true account will take them back to an era when that scenario seemed unlikely. In 1903, Horatio Jackson wagered that he could drive a “horseless buggy” across the country, and puttered out from San Francisco to New York with a mechanic buddy. En route, they pick up the quintessential driving partner, a dog named Bud, who becomes a focal point for all the people marveling at the sensational driving machine blowing through town at upward of 30 miles per hour. Setting up the blueprint for countless cross-country road trips to come, they encounter all manner of breakdowns, tough luck, and rousing adventure along the way. Hargis’ glib cartoon illustrations of the begoggled trio and their clanging, mud-spattered auto are a terrific match to the lighthearted narrative. An afterword provides a deeper appreciation for just how remarkable and historical their adventure really was. Easily accesible history here. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

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