In 1919, an Army convoy drove cross-country from Washington to San Francisco (washingtonpost.com) 65 points by wglb 4 hours ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 32 comments: irrational 6 minutes ago. Celebrating Highway History: The U.S. Army’s 1919 Cross-Country Convoy editor@aashto.org July 12, 2019 0 COMMENTS One hundred years ago this month , a U.S. Army convoy consisting of 81 vehicles, 24 officers, and 258 enlisted men set out on a 3,251-mile transcontinental journey, primarily as a way to test the ability of the military to move great distances over roads under … Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library Fox During World War I, Iowa prospered. July 22, 1919 With more than two-thirds of its transcontinental journey remaining, the U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train completed the Illinois portion of the trip. In the summer of 1919 the Army wanted in part to show off the machinery that helped win the war to the public. The trip from Washington D.C. to San Francisco was considered a major accomplishment. Parade-like scenes like this were common in every city that the Motor Transport Corps Convoy passed through. When the convoy arrived in San Francisco on September 6, 1919, the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps had established a world’s record in long-distance heavy motor transport. “In general, the route began at the Ellipse, in Washington, DC and ended at Lincoln Park, in San Francisco, CA – some 3,250 miles and 62 days later.” 1919 Army Convoy film, Part II September 04, 2019 in Old Movies , Sierra Nevada History , Lincoln Highway Here is the second installment of the 1919 Army convoy film showing the run from just outside Placerville, to Stockton, Oakland, and finally two ferries to San Francisco. With this goal, they had no idea how bad some roads would be. In 1919, Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower and an Army truck convoy crossed Wyoming and the nation to determine the condition of the nation’s roads—which were terrible. The road they would follow was the recently completed Lincoln Highway. The convoy had arrived in DeKalb the previous afternoon, camping for the night at Annie’s Woods public park and receiving an enthusiastic welcome from the city’s residents. At a July 13, 1919, stop of the convoy in Columbiana, Ohio, participants (from left, right photo) William Stuhler, Major Brett, Paul V. Robinson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower relax. The first Transcontinental Motor Convoy set out from Washington on July 7, 1919, with 24 officers, 256 enlisted men and 17 observers. The 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco used the incomplete Lincoln Highw The Idea and Development Henry Ostermann, who we talked about in a previous writing, had been piloting convoys for the Army up and down the east coast in the winter of 1917, during World War I. In the 1950s, with memories of that trip vivid in his mind, President Eisenhower suc Following the large scale mobilization of World War I, the U.S. War Department believed highways would play an important national defense role in the future. This was known in 1919 as the First Trans-Continental Motor Transport Convoy. The trip from Washington D.C. to San Francisco, was considered a major accomplishment Michael Owen, author of [After Ike: On the Trail of the Century-Old Journey that Changed America], provides commentary for a 1919 U.S. Army silent film documenting a transcontinental motor convoy. The expedition consisted of eighty-one motorized Army vehicles that crossed the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, a venture covering a distance of 3,251 miles in 62 days. The convoy was organized by the U.S. Army to demonstrate the motorized capability of the armed forces in the shadow of World War I. 1 To test this idea, the War Department assembled the first Army transcontinental motor convoy in 1919, with Major Dwight D. Eisenhower as one of its officers. The convoy included 81 vehicles, 24 officers, and 258 enlisted men. The U.S. Army's success in the war is directly attributable to the exploits of a convoy that trucked across America in 1919. THE 1919 ARMY CONVOY IN IOWA by Peter T Harstad and Diana J. During World War I, Iowa prospered. But the same fertile, well-watered topsoil that brought prosperity to the Hawkeye state caused serious problems for cars and tracks. One of the long-forgotten, but historically important events of 1919 was the staging and execution of the U.S. Army's Motor Transport Corps Transcontinental Convoy (MTC-TCC), which made the cross country trip from Washington D.C. to the Presidio in San Francisco. The convoy - consisting of 81 vehicles, including 31 heavy cargo trucks, 4 kitchen trailers, a wrecker, 4 motorcycles and 5 ambulances – made its way westward over … 1 talking about this. By Kyle Mizokami. I'm so thankful highway conditions have improved over the past 100 years. The Transcontinental Motor Convoys were early 20th century vehicle convoys, including three US Army truck trains, that crossed the United States (one was coast-to-coast) to the west coast. The convoy could also be used for recruitment purposes. Helped Win WWII. Consisting of 81 vehicles — including 31 heavy cargo trucks, four kitchen trailers, a wrecker, four motorcycles and five ambulances – the convoy made its way westward over long stretches of roads that were often little more than dirt tracks. The "truck train" was launched to test the challenges involved in moving an army … seltzered_ 3 hours ago. I just got back from a 2000+ mile road trip. reply. The 1919 U.S. Army Convoy In 1919, the U.S. Army Convoy of 72 vehicles and 297 men traveled across the United States to test roads and military mobility. The Transcontinental Motor Convoys were two US Army convoys that crossed the United States from Washington, DC to the west coast. The 1919 convoy by the Army's young Motor Transport Corps took 62 days, from July 7 to September 6. THE 1919 ARMY CONVOY IN IOWA . The U.S. Army in World War II, just 20 years later, was fully motorized with trucks, trailers, scout cars, tanks, and armored personnel carriers at a time when even the mighty German Army still relied heavily on horse transport. July 8, 1919 [This post is the first in a series of history pieces celebrating 100 years of The U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train.] On July 7, 1919, a transcontinental motor convoy organized by the U.S. Army departed Washington, D.C. for San Francisco, California to demonstrate the motorized capability of the armed forces in the shadow of World War I. Essentially a PR ploy to dramatize the need for good roads, the "First Transcontinental Motor Train" delivered. “In 1919 the US Army decided to plan and execute a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly formed Lincoln Highway,” the MVPA says. A cross-country tour could accomplish this, and in addition it would demonstrate the need for better roads. Share in the excitement of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association historic convoy events featuring hundreds of vintage military vehicles. The U.S. Army’s 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy makes its way through Salt Lake City, Utah, on its way from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy In the summer of 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the first Army transcontinental motor convoy. Quick to take advantage of good times, automobile salesmen convinced one farm- er after another of the utility of motor vehicles. The first convoy in 1919 traveled from Washington, DC to San Francisco on the then still incomplete Lincoln Highway, the first road across America.It was the first motor convoy to cross North America from the east coast to the west coast. In 1919, a military convoy of 81 vehicles set out to travel the Lincoln Highway--a line drawn on the map--from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. But the same fertile, well-water- ed topsoil that brought prosperity to the Hawkeye state caused serious problems for cars and trucks. Quick to take advantage of good times, automobile salesmen convinced one farmer after another of the utility of motor vehicles. The U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train, making its way from Maryland and into Pennsylvania, completed the first full day of its ambitious and unprecedented journey across the United States.… Trucks foundered in mud, crashed through wooden bridges, and got beaten to pieces on byways barely better than trails. In 1919 the U.S. Army decided to send a convoy of trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and men on a transcontinental trip from Washington DC to San Francisco. Some of the convoy's journey was filmed, and we look at the section from western Nevada to San Francisco, California. How a 1919 Army Truck Convoy Across the U.S. Pr ploy to dramatize the need for good roads, the `` First Transcontinental Motor Train '' delivered excitement... 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