Mark Milanese speaking at the March 2, 2011 meeting of the Coatesville Historical Committee:
“Of course there is so much great history in Coatesville. Including the fact that the stagecoach lines, basically these stagecoach towns were basically thirty miles apart and as you go down the first transcontinental road, the Lincoln Highway from Philadelphia to Coatesville to Lancaster.
I have done and I would like to share with you a proposal that I gave to the City of a variety of ways to memorialize these great achievements of this City. And I think that by having some kind of memorials and placards and just these Lincoln Highway markers that were all up and down the Lincoln Highway put (there) by the Boy Scouts.
"While in San Francisco's University Club as a guest on May 18, 1903, he agreed to a $50 wager ($1,183.35 in 2008 dollars) to prove that a four-wheeled machine could be driven across the country...Somewhere near Caldwell, Idaho, Jackson and Crocker obtained a dog, a "Pit Bull" to be exact, named
Bud. Newspapers at the time gave a variety of stories of how he was acquired including that he was stolen. In a letter to his wife, Nelson said a man sold him the dog for $15 ($319.55 today). It turned out that the dusty alkali flats the travelers encountered would bother Bud's eyes so much that Jackson eventually put goggles over the dog's eyes (the Winton had neither a roof nor windshield). At one point, Bud drank bad water and became ill, but survived.
BUD 1st trip to cross US
At this point, the trio became celebrities. The press came out at every stop to take their picture and conduct interviews."