Horseless Carriages and Ford’s Model T: Topics in Chronicling America
In the early 20th century, early automobiles led to long distance transporation and leisure. This guide provides access to material related to "horseless carriages" and "Ford’s Model T" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
The advent of Horseless Carriages and Ford's Model T sparks change in Americans, eventually leading to the growth of automobiles and transportation. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
November 28, 1895
The gas-powered Duryea automobile wins the Times-Herald race in Chicago. It was designed by inventor Charles E. Duryea.
American gasoline powered “motocycles” are manufactured by the Duryea brothers.
Miss Anne French becomes Washington's first woman driver.
Automobiles become popular "accessories of a honeymoon tour."
June 23, 1909
New 1909 Ford Model T crosses finish line first in New York to Seattle automobile race.
Ford Motor Co. begins to mass produce its Model T, a reliable and inexpensive automobile.