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Meet Amazing Americans U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower
Photograph of typical auto road near Taos, New Mexico, 1910.
A typical auto road in the West, near Taos, New Mexico, 1910.

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Eisenhower and the Transcontinental Motor Convoy
Eisenhower and the Transcontinental Motor Convoy traveled nearly 3,200 miles, much of it over dirt roads, rutted paths, winding mountain trails, and shifting desert sands roughly along the route of present-day Interstate 80. Many areas were nearly impassable and the men often had to push or pull the heavy trucks along. There were frequent breakdowns and numerous accidents as the convoy lurched along at an average of 6 miles per hour! Somehow, Eisenhower managed to have fun despite the hardships of the two-month journey. He and his friend Major Sereno Brett played a number of practical jokes on junior officers from the East, including staging a phony "Western" shooting exhibition and a fake knife fight!
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