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Auto Race - Green Bay to Madison Waymark

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"The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing" by Father Dale Grubba


ox teams

Interesting Fact:

The winning car was named "Oshkosh" because it was built in that city.

Study Questions:

  • Who was the winning driver?
  • What were the roads like in 1878?
  • What was the average speed of the winning car?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Green Bay to Madison auto race:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 16:

    1790: The District of Columbia is established as the seat of the U.S. government.

  • July 16

    July 16, 1878: The first auto race in the country began in Green Bay, traveling 201 miles to Madison on roads that had been built for wagons and ox teams. The winning steam-powered car finished the race in 33 hours while the other broke down. The winner collected $5,000.

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