1903: Bud, the first dog to drive across America

“In 1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson and driving partner Sewall K. Crocker became the first people to drive an automobile across the United States. Somewhere in Idaho, Jackson and Crocker obtained a dog, a Pit Bull named Bud. Newspapers at the time gave a variety of stories of how Bud was acquired, including that he was stolen.

“It turned out that the dusty alkali flats the travelers encountered would bother Bud’s eyes so much (the Winton had neither a roof nor windshield) that Jackson eventually fitted him with a pair of goggles.”

- Wikipedia

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4 Responses

  1. Sandro

    there is a good documentary about their trip called “Horatio’s Drive”. Tom Hanks narrates as Horatio.


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