Horatio's Drive


Genre : History
Runtime : 02h00
First air date : October 06, 2003
Diffusion : Television (PBS)
Director : Ken Burns
Writer : Dayton Duncan

Cast and characters

Keith David Narrator
Tom Hanks Horatio Nelson Jackson
Adam Arkin
Tom Bodett
Philip Bosco
Kevin Conway
John Cullum
Amy Madigan
Eli Wallach


The documentary presents the historic journey of motorist Horatio Nelson Jackson. In the spring of 1903, on a whim and a fifty-dollar bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set off from San Francisco in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car hoping to become the first person to cross the United States in the new-fangled "horseless carriage." At the time there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire country, all of them within city limits. There were no gas stations and virtually no road maps as we know them today. Most people doubted that the automobile had much of a future. Jackson's trip would prove them wrong.