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Topics in Chronicling America - Horseless Carriages and Ford’s Model T

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • November 28, 1895. Gas-powered Duryea automobile wins the Times-Herald race in Chicago.
  • 1896 American gasoline powered “motocycles” manufactured by the Duryea brothers.
  • February 1902. Miss Anne French, Washington's first woman driver.
  • February, 1904. Automobile rivals the drawing room for romance.
  • June 23, 1909. New 1909 Ford Model T crosses finish line first in New York to Seattle automobile race.
  • 1909-1927. Ford Motor Co. begins to mass produce its Model T, a reliable and inexpensive automobile.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Horseless carriage, automobile, motor trucks, horseless vehicle, Ford Model T, motocycle.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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