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How a 1909 cross-country car race inspired new roads | Taking Stock


Last updated 8/23/2017 at Noon

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Yellowstone Trail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Seattle.

Because of that article, I discovered that there is a Yellowstone Trail Organization, and they have a website. On that website, I found a fascinating story about an automobile race across the United States in 1909.

The goal of the race was to arrive at the fairgrounds of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition on the campus of the University of Washington. The race began in New York, traveling along existing roads from New York to Chicago. When I say roads, I don't mean roads like we have today....

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