In 1909, it took two days for a car to get from Washington to Richmond
It soldiered on for a few more miles, then broke down while crossing Jonas Ford in Brandy Station, six miles north of Culpeper. Today, there is a Walmart Supercenter not far from where The Post car gave out, but back then, there wasn’t. The car was towed to Culpeper by a team of horses.
The Post telegraphed Washington for a new car while the Times-Dispatch vehicle continued on to Orange for the night. On Wednesday, The Post’s replacement vehicle arrived. It traveled a quarter-mile before it too broke down. The Post’s good-roads crew would arrive in Richmond on Thursday morning by train.