U.S. Army trucks of the 1919 motor transport convoy drive past a moving trolley car on a street in Oakland, California. Spectators gather along side of street at ferry slip to watch as convoy trucks board a ferry boat for trip to San Francisco. Several men watch from upper deck of the ferry. A boy with a bicycle watches from beside a fence. View from upper deck of the ferry boat, of trucks driving aboard. A line of civilian cars sits to the side as the army vehicles drive aboard. View from the ferry boat underway in San Francisco harbor. Next, the convoy is seen driving along street in San Francisco, on September 7, 1919. The Mayor of San Francisco, James Rolph Jr., conversing with officers of the convoy, as they stand on a flag wrapped stand during a formal greeting ceremony. More views of convoy trucks in the city and lined up on hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
U.S. Army soldiers are seen in their trucks, leaving the front Gate of Camp Meigs, Washington, DC. The trucks are canvas covered and carry posters on their sides about U.S. Army motor convoy trip from Washington, DC, via the Lincoln Highway to San Francisco, California. A car follows the trucks.
Location is the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The occasion is the dedication of a temporary Zero milestone in ceremonies at the start of the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps'so-called "Truck Train," a convoy of military vehicles that is to travel the "Lincoln Highway" across the United States, to San Francisco, California. The ceremony begins with a flag raising, where all stand and uniformed Army officers salute. Congressman Julius Kahn, of California, salutes with his hat over his heart. The temporary marker is covered with white cloth and two wreaths, which officials remove and Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, begins his speech accepting the temporary marker. (A permanent marker needed an act of Congress for approval. So a temporary one was approved to allow the launch of the Army cross-country convoy.) The Washington Monument is visible in the background, as Mr. Baker delivers his remarks.
Twenty four suffragette women arrive in San Francisco, California, on their 3-week tour across the country during February, 1919, in a last-ditch effort to urge passage of the 19th amendment, which was being held up in the U.S. Senate. The women advocating women's suffrage are seen stepping from a train coach, wearing uniforms like they wore when imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse (Run by the District of Columbia, the Workhouse, in Laurel Hill, Virginia, was later called Lorton Reformatory. Over 150 women suffragists were eventually incarcerated there.) (Note: The Senate later passed the 19th amendment which was ratified on August 18, 1920.)
Trucks of the 1919 U.S. Army Motor Transport convoy from Washington, DC to San Francisco, California, roll along the dirt road of the Lincoln Highway, crossing the Continental Divide, in Wyoming. Behind them, soldiers walk near a slow moving truck with sign painted on its back reading: "Coast to Coast Machine Shop, Service Park Unit 595." Another truck slowly passes the same point, where there is a downhill grade. A dwelling is at the side of the road, and others are seen in the background. The road is dry hard-packed dirt. Next, trucks of the convoy are seen driving on a road parallel to a railroad on which a steam locomotive is pushing a long train of freight cars in the same direction as the trucks. View of trucks driving past extended snake rail fencing.
The 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy en route from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, California. The Convoy of U.S. Army trucks is seen moving slowly, over the Lyons-Fulton Bridge across the Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa. While crossing the bridge, the convoy is led by an open car displaying an American flag, followed by a bicyclist. Pedestrians walk along side walkway crossing the bridge in the opposite direction. The convoy of Army trucks driving along a highway after crossing the Mississippi. Sign at side of road reads: "Bay State." Sign on one truck reads: "Frisco." Trucks display logo of U.S. Army Corps of engineers. The convoy driving along a road parallel to a railroad line. Next sequence shows one truck attempting to pull another that has been mired down in mud, in Nebraska. After some effort, the truck is successfully pulled out of the mud.