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1903 Winton

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Posted by Alvin n Ms. on January 01, 2004 at 19:00:54 from (68.32.249.15):

Tuesday, June 2, 1903
Horatio Nelson Jackson
News about the impending arrival of the first automobile ever to be seen in Lake County had reached Lakeview, Oregon, and citizens lined both sides of main street - fully expecting the Winton to blaze through at 90 miles per hour.
It must have been a let-down when Jackson and Crocker chugged up to the Hotel Lakeview at something only slightly faster than a walk.

What little gasoline was available carried an e


They encountered homesteaders who were so terrified by the automobile that they released their horses and hid underneath their wagon. Some who encountered the Winton thought it might be a railroad engine that had somehow gotten off the tracks but many, like the homesteaders, had no idea of what they were encountering.

Somewhere around the present-day junction with US 20 (near Silver Creek and Riley), gasoline leaked out of the tank and they were stranded.
Jackson arranged the rental of a bicycle so Crocker could go to Burns, Oregon (about 25 miles east) for fuel.

Monday, June 8, 1903
About noontime the following day (the bicycle had a flat!), Crocker returned and they were under way again.
In Burns, they found another five gallons of gasoline and yet another 15 gallons nearby.

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