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H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker in a California town

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H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker in a California town
Special Collections, University of Vermont Library

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Crossing the Country: Somewhere in Wyoming, 1903
Crossing the Country: Somewhere in Wyoming, 1903 — First to Drive across the Continent

RELATED OBJECTS
Winton touring car


Cover of The Auto Era showing Bud the dog


H. Nelson Jackson at the wheel of his Winton touring car


H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker in a California town on their trip across the United States
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph shows H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker in the "Vermont" at an early stage in the cross-country journey. Jackson and Crocker spent the more than the first week of their trip in California, in part because they drove North from San Francisco rather than straight across the country, in part because they stopped to wait for new tires in Alturas California.
Physical Description
photograph.
Details
Date Made:
1903
Locations:
California
History

In the spring and summer of 1903, H. Nelson Jackson, Sewall Crocker, and Bud the dog completed the first transcontinental automobile trip. H. Nelson Jackson purchased a slightly used Winton touring car, hired mechanic Sewall Crocker to accompany him, stocked up on supplies, and took off for New York City. The trip took 64 days, including breakdowns, delays while waiting for parts to arrive, and hoisting the Winton up and over rocky terrain and mudholes. Jackson and Crocker's much-publicized journey caused people to think about the possibilities of long-distance auto travel.


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