Horatio’s Drive by Mary Davis

Today I’m happy to welcome author Mary Davis as she shares the inspiration behind her latest story.

My novella “ZOLA’S CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection is about a courageous young woman in 1904 who attempts to be the first woman to drive from coast to coast. She was inspired to do so when she heard stories of the first successful automobile trip across the country.

In 1903, a man named Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person to drive across the country. His transcontinental trek in 1903 is an actual historical event. Jackson took a fifty dollar bet that he could make it across the country in an automobile in ninety days or less.

[[[VIDEO: The Bet — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssv2q6Txb1A ]]]

Four days after making the bet, having bought an automobile and supplies, he set out on his historic expedition. He, along with his chauffeur/mechanic, Sewall Crocker, traveled from San Francisco to New York City in a twenty-horsepower Winton automobile. Along the way, Horatio bought a dog named Bud who enjoyed the trip immensely. Dr. Jackson and Mr. Crocker left San Francisco on Saturday, May 23, and arrived in New York on Sunday, July 26, at four thirty in the morning, completing the first American cross-country road trip. The journey took sixty-three days, twelve hours, and thirty minutes. Two other two-man teams left California in the following weeks of the same year, but Dr. Jackson’s team was the first to make it. Other endeavors to drive across the country in an automobile had been attempted in years prior to Jackson’s trip without success. I thought it only natural for ladies to follow suit and join in the fun.

He named his Winton the Vermont, so I too had my characters name their Winton. They chose the Atlantic, so the Atlantic and Pacific could meet.

Dr. Jackson’s trek had shown the possibility of the automobile and that it could do far more than people realized and that it was here to stay.

Jackson began a tradition that people for generations to come would follow—The Road Trip.

In 1944, Jackson donated his 1903 Winton to the Smithsonian Institution

Happy Adventuring!

MISSAdventure Brides Collection

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures

Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

Releases December 1, 2018

The MISSAdventure Brides Collection would make a wonderful Christmas present!

About Mary:

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; “Holly & Ivy” in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.

Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:

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About historythrutheages

I write stories of His Story Through The Ages that offer tales of hope and redemption.

Posted on December 1, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mary, thank you for sharing such an interesting story! Blessings!

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    This sounds interesting. I’d like to know what troubles they encountered and where they stopped for the night! Thanks.

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