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Near Cascadia in Linn County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 26, 2017
1. America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race Marker
Inscription. Automobile history was made here June 20, 1905, when the first car to cross the Cascade Mountains conquered the Santiam Wagon Road. Dwight Huss drove "Old Scout," a 1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout, from New York to Portland in 44 days. "Old Scout" was the first car to travel North America from east to west, the first car on the Oregon Trail and the first car to enter Portland on its own power from out of state. Dwight's son, John, dedicated the restored Wagon Road to antique cars, horseback riders and hikers on July 7, 1995.
 
Location. 44° 24.215′ N, 122° 22.79′ W. Marker is near Cascadia, Oregon, in Linn County. Marker is on Santiam Highway (U.S. 20) near Gorton Road (Santiam Wagon Road) (Route 2032), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cascadia OR 97329, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Santiam Wagon Road (here, next to this marker).
 
More about this marker. Santiam Wagon Road is on the opposite side of South Santiam River from the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Scout and Old Steady -- Just A Car Guy blogspot. Crossing the Cascade Range was
America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 26, 2017
2. America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race Marker
the hardest part of a hard trip. The road over Santiam Pass ... had originally been a military road, 'paved with boulders.' Time and time again, they had to pile rocks to allow the cars' small wheels to negotiate giant rocks. Portions of the ascent were simply too steep for the heavily laden little cars. The blocks and tackles came out again.
The descent was terrifying. The brakes on the Runabouts were little better than the ones on covered wagons. Like the pioneers, trees were cut and dragged behind, to add braking power.
(Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Santiam Wagon Road - Oregon Encyclopedia. In 1905, the first United States transcontinental automobile race followed the Santiam Wagon Road. Leading driver Dwight Huss paid a three-cent toll to pass as a “road hog” for his seven horsepower 1904 Oldsmobile Runabout. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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"Old Scout," the winning automobile image. Click for full size.
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3. "Old Scout," the winning automobile
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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