In 1919, after World War 1, the U.S. Army needed to find out if they had the ability to move troops and equipment from the fortified east coast to the west. Japan now was growing in military power, and all were concerned. Trucks were just in their infancy, and had been used in Europe during the war to move troops and equipment. The question:” Were our roads up to the needs of the Army Transportation Corps?” Find out if they were and compare the highways of 1919 to today’s highways. The talk will include a 30-minute video of the trip. This is film footage that was taken 100 years ago, these short clips are all that is left of the more than three hours that were filmed.
Jim is a locally retired High School teacher, ending his teaching career as a Math teacher at Sparks high school. He became interested in roads as a young child in Green River Wyoming while watching the traffic passing on Highway 30 through town. Jim is Director, and past president of the Nevada chapter of the Lincoln Highway association. This encouraged him to study and research many western events. He is a member of many of our local and state historical societies, so in his retirement activities he began giving presentations of Western historical events and roads and presents many presentations to local groups.
Cost: $8 for adults; members and children age 17 and under free.
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Details09/27/2019 14:00:0009/27/2019 15:00:00America/Los_AngelesEncore Presentation of Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “100 Years Later: The 1919 Transcontinental Military Motor Convoy” by Jim BonarReno, NV
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