Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Crosscountry Automobile Trip
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 disagreedhe 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...more
In 1903, Dr. Horatio Jackson made a bet that he could drive all the way across the United States in a horseless buggy in less than three months. Jackson hires a mechanic to go along on the ride with him and they set off.
Remember what things were like then? No paved roads. No maps. No gas stations. Maximum speed of 30 mph. Not even a windshield to keep the bugs out of your mouth.
The author chooses to zoom in on the events of several days during the sixty-three day trip. The pict ...more
Jackson did it in a tin can on wheels, no roof, no a/c no radio or DVD player. Quite an interesti ...more
Although this book is excellent, I hesitate to use it for a read-aloud. The timeline nature of the book makes the text a little too choppy for an effective read-aloud.