Near Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
At the time of Horatio Jackson's trek, only 150 miles of paved road existed in the country, and gas stations and road maps were non-existent. This spur-of-the-moment trip, partially based on a bet, unknowingly turned into a race. Both the Packard and Oldsmobile companies sent their respective automobiles from California with hope of passing Jackson and claiming the title for first automobile to travel across the U.S.
It took 63 days to complete the journey, during which the trek merged with present-day Highway 30
Erected by America's Byways.
Location. 42° 38.862′ N, 111° 42.124′ W. Marker is near Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on Soda Point Power Plant Road near Reservoir Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1599 Soda Point Power Plant Road, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guiding Landmark... (here, next to this marker); William Henry Harrison (here, next to this marker); The Value Of A Shortcut (a few steps from this marker); John Bidwell (a few steps from this marker); Bear River Lava (a few steps from this marker); Hudspeth Cutoff (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hall (a few steps from this marker); Sheep Rock Geology (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Regarding Horatio's Journey. They arrived in New York City on July 26, 1903, 63 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes after commencing their journey in San Francisco, in the first automobile to successfully cross the North American continent.
If you haven't seen the Ken Burn/PBS film, I highly recommend it. It is available on Netflix.
Also see . . . The First Great American Road Trip -- History Channel. The road trip. Itís as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Back in 1903, the roads were open, but they were also unpaved, unmarked and unkempt. This made for a remarkable journey when a former bicyclist, a dog riding shotgun and a retired doctor looking to collect a $50 bar bet embarked on Americaís first cross-country road trip. (Submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 69 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week July 21, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 21, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.