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The Guy Who Drove Across America For A $50 Bet

  • Published on Oct 1, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • In 1903, there was a man named Horatio. He really liked cars. He wagered a bet that he could cross the US in under 90 Days. Not a big deal today. But this was before highways, and paved roads. This was going to be a journey.
    Twitter: AltHistoryHub
    Written and Edited by Tyler Franklin
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  • AlternateHistoryHub
    AlternateHistoryHub  3 months ago +4535

    Hey everyone. This video was written and edited by my brother Tyler. The production improvement are all thanks to him. I like fun history tales, and I figured you all do too. So I want to start uploading more of these little stories from time to time.

    • Firetrucker
      Firetrucker 3 months ago +220

      Good job Tyler

    • just something
      just something 3 months ago +51

      I can actually looks the improvements :), pretty cool

    • Mr_Mandolorain
      Mr_Mandolorain 3 months ago +10

      Nice :D

    • The Shen Partei
      The Shen Partei 3 months ago +34

      Yes do more of these fun little stories

    • AlphaQ
      AlphaQ 3 months ago +25

      please tell your brother Tyler that I say hello, thank you.

  • Drew Lorenzo
    Drew Lorenzo 3 months ago +3519

    Respect the hell out of a guy willing to spend thousands of dollars and two months of his life to prove his point

    • Royeaux
      Royeaux 3 months ago +232

      It's like the world's first Top Gear challenge special.

    • Kaydoe Teccc
      Kaydoe Teccc 3 months ago +4


    • Jm Mateo 933
      Jm Mateo 933 3 months ago +51

      ​@Kaydoe Teccc Yes

    • **
      ** 3 months ago +4

      no rimworld music under this video?

    • USS Anime NCC-2400
      USS Anime NCC-2400 3 months ago +6

      I wonder if that the birth of road trip culture

  • Captain AK
    Captain AK 3 months ago +2453

    A man, a mechanic, a dog and a car, made a 63 day journey across the United States, truly awesome.

    • Reat
      Reat 3 months ago +158

      this implies that mechanics aren't people and i support this

    • The Different Child
      The Different Child 3 months ago +48

      Honestly it should be a movie

    • damen whelan
      damen whelan 3 months ago +9

      Without roads.

    • Shaggy
      Shaggy 3 months ago +5

      @The Different Childsadly they don’t make good movies anymore, just remakes and shit. If only they’d take cool historical events like this for movie ideas.

  • Cmoney
    Cmoney 3 months ago +1581

    How is this not a movie? Not only is it funny as hell but it's absolutely inspiring. This man did something everyone thought was impossible just because he liked cars and someone said it couldn't be done. No matter how hard it got he never gave up and kept up a positive attitude. We should all aspire to be like Horatio.

    • Andrew
      Andrew 3 months ago +72

      Not a movie or tv show but, Noah Caldwell-Gervais made a travelogue of him journeying through the route himself recently clip-share.net/video/SmFQR0IltDQ/video.html
      The writing in the travelogue is absolutely amazing. The way he was able to intertwine the history of the Lincoln Highway, the places he’s travelling through and his own experiences were just magical.

    • Aoi Todo
      Aoi Todo 3 months ago +7

      ​​@Andrew because of your comment I can't wait to watch the video later on in the day ✌️✌️

    • Garret LeBuis
      Garret LeBuis 3 months ago +6

      Is that the one narrated by Tom Hanks?

    • shakzor
      shakzor 3 months ago +40

      Would have been a film by now if Horatio was a black handicapped trans lesbian woman.

    • King koopa64
      King koopa64 3 months ago +4

      Unfortunately, Alan Fisher is keeping movie producers by gun point to not make the film

  • Alkotol
    Alkotol 3 months ago +978

    Part 2: What if Horatio didn't like cars?
    • 2 companies start a race to be the first to go across the country
    • The amount of trouble of going by car, even if possible, wasn't worth it
    • The Car companies start declining
    • The Great Depression comes and practically dismantles the car industry. Now cars are just eccentric toys that are barely used in towns due to being short distance traveling vehicles
    • With cars failing, rail companies take over the monopoly on transportation
    • Mussolini makes the trains arrive in time
    • Totalitarian global train empire
    This is Cody, from alternate history hub

  • Austin Schwartz
    Austin Schwartz 3 months ago +490

    I'm so Glad he lived until the 50's he got to see his dream not only of crossing the country in a car but to see the first transcontinental highway, the birth of the modern highway, the assembly line, and the growth of the modern car culture. seeing cars go from just a decoration and status symbol for the rich to being a vital part of the country and seeing his vision of every household in America having a car, with automobiles becoming the Primary transport of choice for the country. Man it must have filled him with so much pride to make a prediction so outlandish becoming so true maybe even truer than the first thought God bless that man.

    • Z G
      Z G 3 months ago +18

      It’s wouldn’t be the primary transport of choice if we actually funded more buses, high speed rail, and more subway systems where applicable. The car is the main choice because we don’t have another choice. Even owning a car in cities I’ve lived in I use public transit more when I live in areas that it’s efficient and useful. *The US was built for cars which made cars more central not the other way around.

    • R Hamlet
      R Hamlet 3 months ago +47

      @Z G That isn't accurate. The US was built along rail lines. The rails were ripped up for the cars. The big American cities everyone loves (NYC, LA, etc.) were bulldozed for the car.

    • Face palm
      Face palm 2 months ago +6

      @R Hamlet car manufacturers bribed for this once they got going, what better way to make sure everyone buys your cars than forcing them to own one?

    • R Hamlet
      R Hamlet 2 months ago +3

      @Face palm "what better way to make sure everyone buys your cars than forcing them to own one?"
      Getting the government to force them indirectly so people don't even realize it

  • Fasterspark
    Fasterspark 3 months ago +332

    Moments like this in American history are fascinating because it defines what the American spirit is supposed to be. Doing something for the sake of doing and because you're passionate about it. Funny how some of the best stories can stem from something so small, like a bet.

    • AviOwl
      AviOwl 2 months ago +14

      a small bet, and a lot, and I mean alot of money
      more money then id make in years

    • throwback19841
      throwback19841 Month ago +6

      He chose to cross the country. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard. And also for bragging rights. And a cool story. And he got a kick-ass dog out of it.

  • Michael D
    Michael D 3 months ago +3592

    The editing is hilarious, and befits what a wild character this guy was. Props to the mechanic too. "Want a mascot?" "Yes."

    • Travis Hills the Dark angel bunny
      Travis Hills the Dark angel bunny 3 months ago +45


    • SBBwasaight Vuong
      SBBwasaight Vuong 3 months ago +135

      "You're hired."

    • Luvenstein
      Luvenstein 3 months ago +17

      You mean props to the rich guy for funding the repairmans achievement. Sounds like the repair guy deserves most of the credit.

    • Bobamer
      Bobamer 3 months ago +49

      @Luvenstein i mean, its not like horatio didnt put in a lot of genuine effort into this

    • Luvenstein
      Luvenstein 3 months ago +4

      ​@Bobamer if rich guy was the primary driver he gets half the credit imo. If he paid the mechanic to do the repairs and the driving then it's the mechanics accomplishment. I don't know how much effort beyond footing the bill he did. The video and OPs comment put most of the credit on the rich guy, which was my issue. The mechanic deserves as much credit as the rich guy, if not more.

  • Ocean Man
    Ocean Man 3 months ago +289

    This has got to be the most American story there is in American history, also kinda inspirational, he just did this for fun lol

  • Giuseppe Zeppelo
    Giuseppe Zeppelo 3 months ago +219

    I particularly love the story of Louis Bleriot. He was a french plane builder and in 1911 flown over the english channel. He crush landed on the English cost and said: "Well the important thing is that I made it!"

    • throwback19841
      throwback19841 Month ago +9

      I've seen one of his original planes fly at Old Warden aerodrome (Shuttleworth collection) in the UK. Well worth seeing if you are ever in the UK. It is the oldest airworthy aircraft in the world.

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks 3 months ago +1506

    Love the dog part.

  • SangerZonvolt
    SangerZonvolt 3 months ago +146

    While I admire the ambition of Horatio, I find corcker to be even more amazing. 22 years old and good enough of a mechanic to get a car across the continent without a steady supply line. Repairing it in the middle of nowhere. I would love to know how often he actually had to do major repairs on the car. A shame that he died so young.

  • Hindenpeter
    Hindenpeter 3 months ago +95

    So no one's going to talk about how people were trying to beat Horatio's 63 day trip. Wouldn't he have technically caused the formation of a speedrunning community around cross country driving

    • Justowner
      Justowner Month ago +18

      The original cannonball run.

    • Nautilus
      Nautilus Month ago +6

      Forget DOOM, this is THE original speedrun

    • Blu Scout
      Blu Scout Month ago +3

      The first ever speed run fr💀

  • panqueque445
    panqueque445 3 months ago +2796

    Imagine being the CEO of Packard. You meticulously plan a cross country trip, for months. Only to have 2 random guys beat you to it.

    • Hydromancer
      Hydromancer 3 months ago +695

      Imagine being the CEO of Winton. Your rival is about to claim the title of first cross-country road trip, and then two random guys beat them to it in YOUR car just for fun, and even deny your sponsorship.

    • panqueque445
      panqueque445 3 months ago +235

      @Hydromancer LMAO yeah that'd suck. But hey, at least your brand is in there somewhere.

    • César García
      César García 3 months ago +75

      And a dog 😊

    • Messanger1112
      Messanger1112 3 months ago +191

      ​@Hydromancer actually that was even more impresive. The other company planned everything and still came second. Those 2 dudes refused assistance, said "LMAO, YOLO" and did it by themselves

    • Roger Alan
      Roger Alan 3 months ago +4

      Yeah, how do you think Alex Roy felt?

  • seronymus
    seronymus 3 months ago +133

    I love "wholesome" yet riveting stories like this. Definitely filmworthy and we all could take inspiration from Horatio Nelson Jackson.

  • Aiden Losh
    Aiden Losh 3 months ago +73

    It's truly amazing that this first trip took 63 days, and the current record to get between New York and Los Angeles sits at less than 26 hours.

    • Asdf
      Asdf Month ago +4

      wait what how fast was that guy speeding down the interstate 💀

    • red novastrum
      red novastrum 21 day ago

      i mean if they want to make it more fun they can try it with older vehicles instead of the top of the line ones....just a thought

    • Casey H
      Casey H 19 days ago +2

      @Asdfit was during Covid, IIRC. But it’s part of a race called the cannonball run. It’s really fascinating.

  • wahtx
    wahtx 3 months ago +99

    This guy also has the Distinguished Service Cross (Second highest military decoration for soldiers in the US army) And the Legion of Honour (Highest French order of merit, both military and civil). Absolutely insane.

    • RipOffProductionsLLC
      RipOffProductionsLLC 2 months ago +13

      Now I wanna know his war stories, earning those metals while living to receive them is no small thing, especially in The Great War and as someone past their prime.

    • wahtx
      wahtx 2 months ago +11

      @RipOffProductionsLLC If I had a penny for every time someone mispells medals as metals in yt I would be a millionare.

  • Boston Hunter
    Boston Hunter 3 months ago +77

    Horatio and company was running on just faith and vibes lmao, what a legend
    I'm sure Bud helped their sanity

  • Little Jenny
    Little Jenny 3 months ago +52

    Two men, a dog and a car. Now that's a story.

  • Justice Dunham
    Justice Dunham 3 months ago +52

    So much of human achievement is based on proving someone else wrong. Spite is a great motivator.

  • Gustavo De Figueiredo
    Gustavo De Figueiredo 3 months ago +75

    The way this real story is uncannily similar to "travel around the world in 80 days" is actually amazing. At first, I Verne had been inspired by this, but then i remembered it came before it

    • Random Introverted Spider
      Random Introverted Spider 3 months ago +13

      It also reminds me of Jules Verne's From the earth to the Moon book as well. Random Americans deciding to do something crazy on a whim? Check. Americans somehow achieving said crazy thing? Check.
      Really makes you think that perhaps the idea that America being team Earth's "Hold my beer," member isn't just a recent creation.

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 3 months ago +8

      @Random Introverted Spider and even the actual moon missions had that sense of working against all the odds considering how unwieldy space travel was at the time

  • Crazak53
    Crazak53 3 months ago +101

    The fact Horatio called his wife "Swipes" is the cutest thing.

  • Shane Murphy
    Shane Murphy 3 months ago +78

    Best part of the journey is that upon reaching the very end (the threshold of Jackson's garage) the Vermont's drive chain snapped. It was one of the few original parts never replaced during the entire journey.

  • Offroad Gamer
    Offroad Gamer 3 months ago +27

    One time my truck broke down 80 miles from the nearest city in the Utah desert, and I had to wait until 2 am for a tow truck that cost me $400 to tow to SLC. I thought that was a massive inconvenience, but this video really puts things in perspective lol. Just being able to call on my cell phone from almost anywhere to get help is a blessing compared to 100 years ago where there was a significant chance you would just die if your car broke down far from a city.

  • Tony the Tanuki (タヌキのトニー)

    The biggest form of "It's not about the money, it's about sending a message"

    • Aivaras Pasaulis
      Aivaras Pasaulis 3 months ago +23

      Beat me to it😂

    • Basement Dweller Cosplay
      Basement Dweller Cosplay 3 months ago +101

      It's about the Mets baby

    • Riaz
      Riaz 3 months ago +6


    • Ryan Adams
      Ryan Adams 3 months ago +2

      Beautiful and perfectly said

    • Jack B
      Jack B 3 months ago +51

      I'm more impressed that Oldsmobile called themselves Oldsmobile, even when they were clearly Newmobile

  • PJ Anderson
    PJ Anderson 3 months ago +91

    I can't believe Horatio managed to navigate the Illinois Lava Caves. what an american hero

  • Brendan Risney
    Brendan Risney 3 months ago +37

    Considering all the media recreations of this story- particularly in anime, oddly enough- it's a shame this is the first time I've every heard of the real story. Then again, what a wonderful video to learn it in. Thanks for making this, and I hope you make more like this!

    • Big Boss
      Big Boss 3 months ago

      in anime?

    • Brendan Risney
      Brendan Risney 3 months ago +4

      @Big Boss Appare-ranman is about that and, iirc, the next season of jojo's bizarre adventure is steel ball run which is basically that as well

  • BallerSwagBro9K
    BallerSwagBro9K Month ago +13

    In a world so full of darkness its really nice there's still stories like this of human ingenuity and determination to discover.
    Really wholesome and beautiful

  • BigFatLyre
    BigFatLyre 3 months ago +18

    They have to be, hands down, two of the most determined people of his time. They're legends, and I'm so glad you shared the story. Thanks, History Bros.

  • Jake Tank
    Jake Tank 3 months ago +43

    “Year and a half of a worker’s salary”
    Damn… I’m no different than folks in 1903

    • Justowner
      Justowner Month ago +3

      I had to actually think about this. A new corolla is about half of the average American's salary per year. Cars got cheaper, by about half, and only at the low end.

    • IdeologyBot
      IdeologyBot Month ago

      @Justowner average cost of a new car in America is currently $48,000. I know he said the "year and a half of an average worker's salary" referring to low end cars, but if you define worker as working class and not average American salary, we're probably pretty close to an low-average car costing a year's working class salary.

  • Super Voltekka
    Super Voltekka 3 months ago +5861

    How this story never got made into an Oscar-nominated biopic we'll never know

    • Charles Evans Hughes
      Charles Evans Hughes 3 months ago +461

      Owen Wilson as the car.

    • Sj Wiz
      Sj Wiz 3 months ago +137

      Imma send this to Warner bros

    • Rowdy Eggplaad
      Rowdy Eggplaad 3 months ago +349

      Directors: Christopher Nolan
      Horatio: Henry Cavill
      Crocker: Tom Holand
      Bud: Random Dog we found on set
      The guy Horatio betted against: Cillian Murphy

    • free_at_last
      free_at_last 3 months ago +173

      I remember seeing a documentary on this story a long while back and thought the same thing. The ending scene would be him pushing the car into a barn and walking away with the camera zooming into that one part that hadn't broken over the course of the journey and showing it snap.

    • Mike Yost
      Mike Yost 3 months ago +99

      @Rowdy Eggplaad I vote the dog to be Danny Devito

  • SithDragon33
    SithDragon33 3 months ago +27

    I love how this channel has basically become “cool history facts with an occasional twist” and I love it

  • Zayne Cook
    Zayne Cook 3 months ago +12

    Guys at the club: cars are a fad
    Horatio: *casually becomes the spark for car centered infrastructure in America*

  • Comkill117
    Comkill117 3 months ago +8

    That’s honestly a really incredible story. These guys started this whole adventure on a bet, just got up and drove across the whole country in n age when the car was an unstable rarity, and ended up as heroes basically, the first people to cross the country in a car. You have to respect that.

  • Diego García
    Diego García 3 months ago +13

    Ah yes, Horatio, the primordial car guy, then the car gods let him reincarnate into Horacio Pagani

  • Bernhardt Bruzzel
    Bernhardt Bruzzel 3 months ago +14

    Fun fact the Car in Germany had the same story on how it became popular.the Wife of Karl Benz took his Car and made a roadtrip and on the Way she bought Washing Alcohol, all the Washing Alcohol. It was weird seeing a car on the road but a car driven by a woman was something else. I love this story so much.

  • King Edward "Longshanks" I, Hammer of the Scots, Lord of Wales and King of England

    This story needs to be made into a movie.
    An ambitious premise, dynamic characters, interesting sights, drama, competition, history, themes relating to man vs nature, perseverance, greed and so much more!
    Please Hollywood, this story is just BEGGING for an adaptation! 😩

    • Max Grozema
      Max Grozema 3 months ago +244

      Let's not forget the Disneyesque sidekick dog

    • Louis Duarte
      Louis Duarte 3 months ago +53

      I can easily see either Ben Affleck or Christopher Nolan directing.

    • MrManuar
      MrManuar 3 months ago +70

      I can see it as a comedy movie

    • Toast N' Jam
      Toast N' Jam 3 months ago +60

      Ken Burns did a documentary of it: Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003)

    • Western Cossack
      Western Cossack 3 months ago +8

      More like a comedy

  • Dave's Nature Productions
    Dave's Nature Productions 3 months ago +4

    This is amazing. I really don't know how this has never been made into a movie, as it was a harsh, epic adventure they went on and how pioneering it was at the time. I love that someone just gave him a dog for a mascot and how this basically turned into a race that never was meant to be one. I had a 1st cousin 4x removed who was born in the early 1870s and he had one of the very first (if not the first) vehicles in the town he grew up in, which was a big deal at the time. As the town was on the coast, he started off in his early 20s making some money in merchandise which he bought and sold items coming to and from ships the local dock. Then by the 1910s he had used that money to open a bicycle shop and became a bicycle repairer and motor engineer/mechanic with a motor car and became well liked in the area for him and his sons mechanic skills among other things.

  • Orance
    Orance Month ago +1

    This is truly one of the most special moments in American History, and if this never was done then Roadtrip movies wouldn't nearly be as much of a cliche. And honestly, that's awesome. And the story got even better when the dog got involved, so wholesome and awesome.

  • chipetell
    chipetell 3 months ago +6

    Those last words caught me off guard and made me tear up a bit. What a man he was. Ps. the editing made me laugh out loud throughout the whole video. Great job AHH!

  • SteveIguana
    SteveIguana 2 months ago +6

    During WW1, Horatio personally contacted former President Roosevelt to be put on active duty orders, as he had been originally considered too old for active service. He served as a surgeon during the war, was wounded, and was awarded several medals. What a Chad.

  • David Fisk
    David Fisk 3 months ago +2

    I'm very glad you brought this story to our collective attention, Cody and Tyler, and I cannot wait to see what other stories out of history you bring us!

  • Rafa Ramos
    Rafa Ramos 3 months ago +946

    "It's a dog named Bud on an automobile Horatio, funniest thing you'll ever see"
    - Some legend in Idaho, 1903

  • DeltaTerraform94
    DeltaTerraform94 3 months ago +11

    I can't believe I hadn't heard of this before. This story is incredible.

    • Xenomorthian
      Xenomorthian 10 days ago

      sounds so much like Around the World in 80 days but IRL

  • wintermute2084
    wintermute2084 3 months ago +12

    Why do I imagine at some point after the successful journey Horatio went back to that social club and a bunch of rich dudes in top hats, monocles, and neatly quaffed beards heartily patted him on the back while declaring “Good show, Sir!! Very good show! Well done, my good chap.”

  • sedme
    sedme 3 months ago +8

    The Lincoln Highway is really interesting. The way it was created was that they used funds to create "seed miles" of road, and then municipal (and probably county) governments would see how convenient these roads were and fund the rest themselves. It also incorporated a lot of pre-existing roads, so it was very twisty and turny. Not at all like what modern people think of highways. A lot of it was dirt roads, too.

    • uchytjes10
      uchytjes10 12 days ago

      Yep, it ultimately became a business venture rather than a public works project. Hell, the thing basically built my hometown.

  • PseudoEmpathy
    PseudoEmpathy 3 months ago +1

    Horatio seems like one of those people who just kind of manifest all resources, time, luck, skills and ability needed to do whatever they want, then just kind of... does it.

  • A Drifting Link
    A Drifting Link 3 months ago +2

    Please make more of these. I love Tyler’s edits and these kind of stories in general.

  • Schrodinger's Moose
    Schrodinger's Moose 3 months ago +1140

    I find it funny that after this historic achievement, it basically became a speed running challenge. I guess we’re more similar to our ancestors than I thought.

    • John Fraire
      John Fraire 3 months ago +97

      Ug bunga: Arm hurt from hitting rock with rock. Me need more strong. Tree strong. Next sun I use tree arm to hold my rock when hitting other rock. But how Ug make tree arm right shape...
      Guna Bun (already sharpening favorite rock-hitting rock): Tree arm go fall, any percent

    • Random Introverted Spider
      Random Introverted Spider 3 months ago +67

      Things like this prove how we aren't in a simulation - at some point in history some person would have figured out how to glitch himself into a tree, and due to code manipulation make himself have two thousand wheels of cheese.

    • Jake Depwe
      Jake Depwe 3 months ago +8


    • Xfier246
      Xfier246 3 months ago +3

      You mean race?

    • Schrodinger's Moose
      Schrodinger's Moose 3 months ago +5

      @Xfier246 I, in fact, did not

  • Camden Carver
    Camden Carver 3 months ago +3

    This was such a wild story and I loved the different style that was used, it really complimented it well.

  • Dreamingdusk
    Dreamingdusk 3 months ago

    Really enjoyed this! I think it would be great if we got more of these. You have a great way of storytelling and made this random fact enthralling to listen to

  • CptKys
    CptKys 3 months ago +25

    this guy took the phrase "aight bet" to a whole another level

  • Dom D
    Dom D 2 months ago +1

    Stories like this are great because of their odd but niche nature. I'd watch opening day if they made a period piece/buddy comedy out of this, especially if half the punchlines are just the car going hilariously slow

  • maxis2k
    maxis2k 3 months ago +6

    With a name like Horatio Nelson, you're basically mandated to go on some daring escapade. And most of the sailing feats had been taken.

  • Wet Willy is_1
    Wet Willy is_1 3 months ago +1063

    I'm convinced that anyone named Horatio, is instantly a badass, who's will will be imposed upon the world. This guy is a legend, to me, he just did what we believed in.

    • Joseph Rutkin
      Joseph Rutkin 3 months ago +89

      Horatio is Captain Crunch's first name 👀

    • Wet Willy is_1
      Wet Willy is_1 3 months ago +80

      @Joseph Rutkin Yet, more proof.

    • Spartan X92
      Spartan X92 3 months ago +38

      Make Horatio great again

    • Andy Luviano
      Andy Luviano 3 months ago +42

      This dude just proved a point, and went home with his supportive wife and fought in WWI. An absolute chad

    • Animar Gaming
      Animar Gaming 3 months ago +16

      It's not EXACTLY Horatio, but Horacio Pagani is one of the most passionate men I know. His cars are some of the most "form equaling function" cars in the world. Badass.

  • Joe SchianodiCola
    Joe SchianodiCola 3 months ago +6

    15:51 i'm so happy Bud got the representation in the national media he deserved

  • Scooter De'Scooter
    Scooter De'Scooter 3 months ago +1

    cody, this video dropped a few hours before my fathers funeral and it was really nice to watch with my gearhead uncles waiting for everyone else to show up that morning.
    thanks cody. this created a postive memory during a very bad day. you are the man.

  • Alex B
    Alex B 3 months ago +1

    It's such a crying shame that no one give their children names as awe-inspiring as Horatio Nelson Jackson anymore.

  • Big Spice
    Big Spice 3 months ago +2

    This should be made into a movie, also Googled the record for fastest time drove from coast to coast and I guess someone did it in 25 hours 39 minutes. Crazy how far we've come.

  • Vesk
    Vesk 2 months ago +3

    I feel like the title of this undersells how cool the story is. A man was the first to ride a car across America and he did it for fun (and a $50 bet)

  • Michigan Majin
    Michigan Majin 3 months ago +841

    “They then adopted a goggle wearing dog as their road trip companion and mascot.”
    Gentlemen, at first, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention

  • HJS Services
    HJS Services 3 months ago +2

    As much as I love "what if"s, I do love me some real history more. Keep it coming! Well done younger brother Tyler.

  • Le Pootin
    Le Pootin 3 months ago +2

    That was an incredible story, I've seen the Vermont in the Smithsonian before too, its in great condition. Didn't know the guy driving it was trying to win a bet for $50!

  • Luke Skywalker the 2nd
    Luke Skywalker the 2nd 3 months ago +6

    Hearing this, Horatio is, for all intensive purposes, a friggin gigachad, man!

  • Warmachine
    Warmachine 3 months ago +4

    This is timely. A couple months ago I watched Noah Caldwell-Gervais' Lincoln Highway travelogue, and Horatio had a cameo in that tale.

  • TheRavenLord1
    TheRavenLord1 3 months ago +697

    Love the dog part.
    Horatio: Shoot, I left my jacket. Gonna go back and get it.
    Crocker: Did ya get ya jacket back?
    Horacio: Even better, I got us a dog.
    Crocker: …Okay let’s just finish this.

  • EvilNerdLord
    EvilNerdLord 3 months ago +1

    I'd love to see this story done as a miniseries with a bit of cheekiness...first time I heard it the only thing that hadn't broken on the Winton was it's chain and that snapped pulling into the estate driveway after the trip.

  • Ethan Lawrence
    Ethan Lawrence 3 months ago +1

    I’ve never seen a man before that more strongly embodies being the worlds protagonist more than Horacio Jackson.

  • ShadowWolfRising
    ShadowWolfRising 3 months ago +2

    I had 2 somewhat psychotic ideas for one of these.
    1. What if the Pirate Republic of Nassau didn't fall/fail?
    2. What if Zheng Yi Sao/Ching Shih and her Armada were around early enough in history for said Pirate Republic in Nassau and got involved in it somehow?

  • The Night Watcher
    The Night Watcher 3 months ago +3

    You should do a video about the first two guys to row across the Atlantic Ocean, also on a bet.

  • AN 94
    AN 94 3 months ago +2

    This was a man of determination. Mad respect

  • boomstick bro
    boomstick bro 3 months ago +362

    This man was the embodiment of being optimistic

  • Ben Ganzon
    Ben Ganzon 3 months ago

    I have complete respect for a man who wants to break new ground because he wants adventure.

  • BirdWife
    BirdWife 2 months ago +2

    what an inspiring story, i admire the enthusiasm of the people in america at that time

  • Nick Rowe
    Nick Rowe 3 months ago +3

    Love this. Something wonderfully bonkers, ill-prepared & low key. Much Wallace & Gromit vibes. Full movie please! 😁

  • DogeThaCop
    DogeThaCop 3 months ago +2

    you just got to love this guy's energy, having the biggest (i told you so) energy i have ever seen

  • Agustio Maitimu
    Agustio Maitimu 3 months ago +2

    Horatio and Crocker was a Power Duo with complementary mindsets, Horatio with the "Fuck It" mindset and Crocker with the "Why Not" mindset

  • Alex Coffey
    Alex Coffey 3 months ago +654

    Using a blacksmith to repair your car is WILD.

    • danyalillo
      danyalillo 3 months ago +111

      sounds like something from a steampunk story.

    • benn454
      benn454 3 months ago +130

      Steel is steel.

    • seronymus
      seronymus 3 months ago +47

      That's like a level 4 or 5 civilization in Elder Scrolls coda lore

    • Norman Clαtcher
      Norman Clαtcher 3 months ago +39

      Welcome to 1903, stranger.

    • Niko
      Niko 3 months ago +28

      A blacksmith helping repair a car is like learning that one of your teammates in a Destiny raid is 65

  • Mike G
    Mike G 3 months ago +7

    The goggles-wearing dog alone means it HAS TO be made into a movie!

  • A1ntN0W4y
    A1ntN0W4y 2 months ago +1

    Horatio probably was the first car guy in the world and the first one to do a car version of "The Run" race

  • JERealize
    JERealize 2 months ago +1

    This is the "Around the World in Eighty Days" sequel we never asked for but humbly receive anyway. Someone should make a historical fiction retelling of this. Maybe someone already has.

  • César García
    César García 3 months ago +2

    What an incredible story, I love it!
    More likely thanks to these 2 guys and dog, we don't depend on railroads and public transport as Europe.

  • Rose O'Reilly
    Rose O'Reilly 2 months ago

    I heard a story about two 13 year old boys who drove cross country in a model t. Their parents were proud of them and so was everyone else. Newspapers wrote about them and how adventerous they were. Times change.

  • Notaspy12
    Notaspy12 3 months ago +227

    “Things are kinda rough right now, but once we get to the next town I am sure it will get easier.”
    That's the quote of my life.

    • Edixonvc
      Edixonvc 3 months ago +24

      "It never got easier"

  • Mittens FastPaw
    Mittens FastPaw 3 months ago +1

    What a wild little tale I've never heard of and is neat to know now! Kinda glad this little story ended well.

  • A stranger
    A stranger 27 days ago +1

    I liked everything about this , the story, the puns,the jokes, the cartoon character design, the vibrations, everything thing. U the champ

  • Zhi Cheng Wong
    Zhi Cheng Wong 3 months ago

    Wow what a story. They should make a movie out of this if they haven't already

  • Jack Negrete
    Jack Negrete 3 months ago +1

    If you guys didn’t know there’s a very well made movie and book narrated by Tom Hanks on PBS I want to say, and I remember my grandma showing it to me as a little boy and this story always captured my imagination. The part where they pickup the dog and give him goggles would crack me up!

  • Scott Vogel
    Scott Vogel 3 months ago +1

    This man truly is a legend more should know about.

  • The Shen Partei
    The Shen Partei 3 months ago +1299

    across America in 90 days sounds like good name for a book and it was worth it for fifty bucks

    • Historyguy1918
      Historyguy1918 3 months ago +10

      Hell yeah!

    • Tau Generation
      Tau Generation 3 months ago +80

      man, imagine if the race was organized by the president of the united states or something?

    • Chimney
      Chimney 3 months ago +41

      Written by Vules Jerne

    • t84t748748t6
      t84t748748t6 3 months ago +10

      like around the world in 80 day'?

    • Some Random Canuck
      Some Random Canuck 3 months ago +5

      ​@t84t748748t6 basically

  • Derex19
    Derex19 3 months ago +2

    This is the ultimate "Hold me Beer" moment, and it's stories like this that makes me love the information age, I don't think I would've heard this story if not for the Internet, and Clip-Share.

  • The Scots Lair
    The Scots Lair 3 months ago +1

    I appreciate the edits where you had the cars slowly vibrating on scenic landscapes lmao. Easily my favorite part

  • mrsgaap1
    mrsgaap1 3 months ago +2

    hahaha god this guy is the best spent 8000 dollars on a dangerous and hard journey and even refusing sponsorship and the help that would come with it just to win a argument what a legend

  • Kodeb8
    Kodeb8 3 months ago +4

    Never underestimate how far a man will go to prove a point.

  • TimeZeroHour
    TimeZeroHour 3 months ago

    This madness needs to be series or a historic movie. Its got everything a half crazed MC a plucky young sidekick and dog mascot.

  • Noy Telinú
    Noy Telinú 3 months ago +421

    The tiny, shaky png of the car is just so charming and makes this way more fun than it would otherwise.

    • Enderborn272
      Enderborn272 3 months ago +21

      It's pretty accurate of what riding in those old cars is like.

    • Noy Telinú
      Noy Telinú 3 months ago +5

      @Enderborn272 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

  • Alnair Yorim
    Alnair Yorim 3 months ago

    1903 was an endeavourous time when a guy drove a car from coast to coast in under 90 days, and then two brothers flew a plane for 12 seconds.

  • The Leomac
    The Leomac 3 months ago +2

    Hey Cody, i know it is a bit out of your field, but there's a similar story about 3 brazilians mapping the very first Transamerica route, with a ford T... in an era where half of south america didn't even have a dirt road.

  • pooter
    pooter 3 months ago +3

    It's interesting knowing the first crossing took 63 days & they first thought it would take 90 when nowadays the current record for LA to NYC is only 25 hours 39 minutes.

  • pentherapy
    pentherapy 3 months ago +2

    This is awesome! I bet the idea came from Around The World in Eighty Days. And Horatio certainly bears some similarities to Phineas!