October 18, 2017

Today in History: First American Automobile Race


Today in History–November 28–the Library of Congress features the first American automobile race, run on this day in 1895. Inventor J. Frank Duryea, battled snow and breakdowns to win the 54-mile race from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois in just over 10 hours. Learn more about early automobiles and the sport of auto racing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources from across the Library. For a race map and photos of the top two finishers of the November 28 race, check out the Chicago Times-Herald race Wikipedia entry.

Automobile racing images from American Memory

More automobile racing images

Selected issues from American motorist, 1926

Auto racing articles (Chronicling America Historic Newspaper collection)

Automobile racing legislation

Indiana’s Indianapolis 500 (America’s Library)

Indianapolis 500 images

Indianpolis 500 articles (Chronicling America Historic Newspaper collection)

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