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America’s First Transcontinental Auto Race

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Annie Von Domitz in Historical Marker Details |

Transcontinental Auto RaceAmerica’s First Transcontinental Auto Race

Subject:First car to cross the Cascade Mountains in 1905 traveling from New York to Portland.

Automotive history was made here June 20, 1905, when the first car to cross the Cascade Mountains conquered the Santiam Wagon Road. Dwight Huss drove ‘Old Scout’, a 1904 Oldsmobile curved dash runabout, from New York to Portland in 44 days. ‘Old Scout’ was the first car to travel North America from East to West, the first car on the Oregon Trail and the first car to enter Portland on its own power from out of state. Dwight’s son, John, dedicated the restored wagon road to antique cars, horseback riders and hikers on July7, 1995.

There is another marker at this same location:  Santiam Wagon Road