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Motor camping emerged not long after the automobile was introduced. This new form of leisure received no small amoun of attention given the fact that some early proponents included Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, Harvey Firestone, and President Warren G. Harding--who not only camped but did so together as a group. Thanks in large part to the affordability of the automobile, a larger public would soon follow suit. By 1921, an estimated 20,000 people had driven across the country, and in the following year, the New York Times predicted that 5 million out of 10.8 million cars on the road would be used for camping.