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Near Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Horatio's Journey

 
 
Horatio's Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. Horatio's Journey Marker
Captions: (left) Horatio Nelson Jackson (driving), Sewall K. Crocker (right), and Bud in the "Vermont."; (bottom center) Postcard from the mid-1920s of a scene near Pocatello, Idaho before the road was officially named U.S. Highway 30.; (map on right) Route of Horatio's journey, arriving in Soda Springs June 16, 1903.
Inscription. The route of US 30 traces its origin to the early 1900s. Until that time, the current route was but a well-traveled wagon road parallel with the Oregon Short Line railroad. In the spring of 1903, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person to cross the United States in a car, following portions of what is now US 30 in Idaho and Wyoming. Dr. Jackson started his trek in San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car he called "Vermont" (honoring the state in which he and his wife Bertha lived), and the final destination was Burlington, Vermont. His traveling companions were Sewall K. Crocker and a bulldog, Bud.
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 near Pocatello, Idaho, and followed it into Soda Springs, Idaho, and finally into Granger, Wyoming.
 
Erected by America's Byways.
 
Location.
Horatio's Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. Horatio's Journey Marker
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.
 
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. 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
Horatio Jackson, Sewall Crocker, Bud and the "Vermont" image. Click for full size.
By Horatio Jackson, 1903
3. Horatio Jackson, Sewall Crocker, Bud and the "Vermont"
looking to collect a $50 bar bet embarked on Americaís first cross-country road trip.
(Submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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