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Photographer unknown, Ben Maxwell Collection.
Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections
1899 Max Buren's "safety bicycle" as still life on a Salem street.
Photographer unknown. Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections
Aug. 10, 1899 A large crowd has gathered at the Salem station to welcome the returning Oregon 2nd Volunteers home from the Spanish-American War. The view, taken from the water tower, gives an interesting perspective of the early layout at Salem. Note the street car to the right and the stub switch on the mainline in the foreground. The area to the left was later occupied by a hop warehouse, and then the California Packing Company cannery. Today the Tokyo International University campus fills that area.
Photographer unknown. Greeley Municipal Museum,
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Sept. 19, 1899 Ladies of Greely, Colorado decorated their bicycles with American flags and bunting and paraded down Eighth Street to welcome the men of Company D home from service in Manila during the Spanish-American War.
Artist unknown. Ruby Lane
November 12, 1899 An Austrian tourist mailed this early, lithographed postcard to a friend in Vienna, perhaps to remember the warmer days of summer. It is presently being auctioned online as an antique collectible by a Vienna physician. Ruby Lane is a San Francisco-based Internet antique auctioneer.
It wasn't until June 15, 1903, at Indianapolis, that Barney Oldfield, the legendary auto racer and chief mechanic for Henry Ford's racing team, became the first to achieve mile-a-minute performance in an automobile with a time of 59.6 seconds. In August 1903 he drove five miles in 4 minutes 55 seconds. Oldfield began racing bicycles in 1894 and joined Ford in 1902.
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John Howard was first person to go over 150 miles an hour on a bicycle when he established a new bicycle speed record of 152.284 mph on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1985. The seemingly impossible speed record only held 11 years until Fred Rompelberg established the current speed record of 166.944 mph on October 3, 1995.
See 19th Century Bicycle News for a selected bibliography and historical resources online, or use the links to find other sites of interest.
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