American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age

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Macmillan, 2003 - History - 288 pages
On July 7, 1919, a cavalcade of sixty-nine 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 mud and rock. Sixty-two days later they arrived in San Francisco, having averaged just five miles an hour.

American Road is the story of this incredible trip that was proposed by the government to crystallize the need for good roads. Pete Davies vividly chronicles this remarkable voyage, bringing to life the men on the trip, their trials with uncooperative equipment and weather, and the punishing landscape they encountered. This richly detailed book is a piece of history unknown to many, and a celebration of our love affair with the road.
 

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Account of a post-Great War military and public relations expedition to drive a truck convoy cross-country from the White House to San Francisco. This story of the First Transcontinental Motor Train ... Read full review

AMERICAN ROAD: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age

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From prolific and eclectic British author Davies (The Devil's Flu, 2000, etc.), the story of a US Army convoy's struggle in 1919 to drive from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco.Davies draws on his ... Read full review

Contents

Zero Milestone
1
A Road Across America
11
Were Going to Get There Thats All
40
A Revolution in Movement
55
Soldier Weds in Hurry
69
The Mud Column
83
Across the 1ooth Meridian
104
HumanSkin Shoes
130
Ghost Road
178
The Promised Land
197
The End of the Road
212
Notes
233
Bibliography
249
Illustration Credits
253
Acknowledgments
255
Index
263

The Utah Controversy
154

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Pete Davies is the author of a number of critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, including Inside the Hurricane (0-8050-6611-X) and The Devil’s Flu (0-8050-6622-5). He lives in West Yorkshire, England.

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