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We created the next three items to share some of the experiences of auto travel in the early part of the 20th century.

Hoosier Tour Tales of a Pathfinder Motor Manners
Hoosier Tour
A 1913 Indiana to
Pacific Journey
Tales of a
Pathfinder
Motor Manners

Hoosier Tour examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour helped generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of the largest continental tours attempted in the United States.

The Hoosier tourists embarked on a month-long trek from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to promote the Good Roads Movement as well as show that these Indiana-made cars had the stamina to make the trip. They traveled on some decent roads, some completed the night before they arrived, and some that presented some perilous twists.

Hoosier Tour chronicles this trip and provides a glimpse into the hardships and accomplishments they encountered along the way.

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Our republished version of the 1921 Tales of a Pathfinder is a beautifully bound chronicle of a true pioneer of early automotive history. Westgard recounts his many adventures in his role as trailblazer for the Good Roads Movement.

In the early part of the 20th century, U.S. highways and byways were in deplorable shape. Rains drenched the dirt roads and often left a gumbo-like substance making travel by cart or car nearly impossible.

For progress to continue, particularly within the automotive industry, we needed better roads. Plus, the Good Roads Movement needed trailblazers to lead the way. Westgard was one of these people.

By the time Tales of a Pathfinder was first published, Westgard had traveled thousands of miles to charter the way west for the automobile to follow. He had endured life-threatening blizzards, scarcity of gasoline stations, and blinding dust storms among other obstacles to his mission.

Tales of a Pathfinder is Westgard’s own story and impressions as he wrote them in 1920.

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Our beautifully bound republished version of Motor Manners provides Emily Post’s advice and rules for highway safety. After all, according to Post, “bad motoring manners can be murder.”

Even years after her death, Emily Post is still known as the resource to consult on etiquette in polite society. Her reputation was cemented in history in 1921 when her Book on Etiquette was first published. From that springboard, she developed a syndicated newspaper on etiquette carried by newspapers throughout the United States.

Eventually the National Highway Users Conference approached her to share her advice about motoring on the highways. The result was the pamphlet entitled Motor Manners published in 1949. Although the underlying purpose was to promote highway safety, perhaps the group thought that the influx of female drivers on the road after World War II would respond better to a list of manners rather than a set of rules from a driver’s manual.

This booklet is the republished version of Post’s original writing. The inside pages consist of her advice to the motorists of the 1950’s.

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Hoosier Tour has three national publication reviews

Hoosier Tour

Today we tend to take for granted the convenience of our road system.

We zip along interstates and four-lane highways at speeds carrying us 50-70 miles in about one hour. In 1913, a distance of 100 miles took nearly six to eight hours. Now our roads are generally well-marked, with signs denoting the distance between towns and the turns that take us in the right direction. In 1913, these signs were rare. Plus, although you may gripe about the pot holes forming every year in the street in front of your house, we have nicely paved byways that save on the car’s wear and tear. In 1913, motorists traveled a lot on gravel and dirt, which turned to mud during a rain storm.

In 1913, the inconvenience of our road system was obvious.

But, an intrepid group of Indiana auto makers saw what could be. They envisioned a national system of good roads that could tie the country from coast to coast. They only had to convince the rest of the country.

So, they embarked on a month-long trek from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to promote the Good Roads Movement as well as show that these Indiana-made cars had the stamina to make the trip. They traveled on some decent roads, some completed the night before they arrived, and some that presented some perilous twists.

Hoosier Tour examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour helped generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At the time, the IAMA Tour was one of the longest continental tours attempted in the United States.

The book examines some of the day-to-day activities and travails as this band of auto pioneers headed west.

Peruse our three reviews at Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey

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Hoosier Tour is one in a series of material by Publishing Resources designed for the auto aficionado. We started our journey with the publication of Cruise IN: A guide to Indiana’s automotive past and present. This publication led to other books and articles relating to car culture, including Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana.

Books About Indiana Cars

In the fall of 2013, we launched an updated paperback version of Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana. This version includes up-to-date information about Indiana car culture.

Indiana Cars jacket

Click on this link to see Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana available on Amazon.

We would like to say thank you to all of the people who made the success of Indiana Cars possible. Thank you to the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet, Inc., for having the faith in us and publishing our book. Thank you to all of the research institutions, individuals, and car clubs who furnished resource materials and photographs for this venture. Thank you to all of our fans who purchased our book and allowed us to share Indiana’s unique automotive history.

Your support has allowed us to travel to many events and share our automotive heritage. We are embarking on new ventures to share the continuing story of the automobile in America. Check out Cruise-IN.com to see what we’re up to.

Hoosier Tour

Also, in the summer of 2013 we published Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey. This book examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour served as a model of promoting Indiana-built automobiles and generating interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. This road was the impetus to the start of our Federal Highway System. Check it out here available on Amazon..

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Our Journey Continues in Celebrating Car Culture

We are again excited about exploring a new auto-related subject that we believe hasn’t received much attention at least in recent years. We’re not sure where this exploration may lead, but the discovery process should be interesting and challenging. But, it is a good time to review where our journey in celebrating car culture has led us.

Indiana Cars jacket

Our exploration and celebration our car culture took a serious turn about 10 years ago when we published Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana. In 2013, we updated the book and published a second edition. Inside we take a look of the innovations and pioneers who made a tremendous difference in the industry.

Click on this link to see more about Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana.

Hoosier Tour

Next was Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour. The book examines how an intrepid group from the Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association traveled primitive pathways to help generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of the largest continental tours attempted in the United States.

Click on this link to see more about Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour.

Tales of a Pathfinder

Hoosier Tour led to a couple of other small books. For example, Tales of a Pathfinder is AL Westgard’s own account of exploring the trails that eventually led to improved highways. We were very impressed his pioneering work and wanted to share that with other car fanatics.

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There is still much more to explore, and we look forward to the journey. For now, follow the links to learn more about our published works:

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A book on the 1913 Hoosier Tour

Our book Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey documents the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour.

Hoosier Tour

We have known about the IAMA Tour for a number of years and decided to share this story of Hoosier ingenuity during its centennial year. This book examines how the 1913 IAMA Tour served as a model of promoting Indiana-built automobiles and generating interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. This road was the impetus to the start of our federal highway system.

Previously all roads were developed and maintained by local governments. The first transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway, showed the federal government the opportunities brought by linking good roads from coast to coast. We were to arise from the mud onto paved roadways.

Today we can dash across interstates, from city to city, state to state. This modern-day convenience owes a great deal of thanks to the 1913 IAMA excursion.

We urge you to take a look at Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey to see how these early Indiana auto pioneers promoted Indiana-built automobiles and generated interest for building a national network of paved highways.

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