Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
Gail Borden, Jr., came up with the concept of a milk product that did not require refrigeration. He made it a reality by condensing the milk, and thereby launched a business that we still hear about almost 175 years later.
On November 28,1895,Frank Duryea won the first motor-car race held in the United States. Duryea was driving a “horseless carriage” he had designed with his brother. Vehicles had to have at least three wheels, and they also had to be able to carry at least two people, the driver and a race-appointed umpire. Duryea crossed the finish line about 10 hours after starting. The Duryeas won $2,000 and enough publicity to establish their business as the best company from which to buy a motor car.