Tireside Chat: A Bicycling Army?
- Published on Monday, 04 June 2012 18:27
Mike Higgins to speak at the Hall of Fame on June 13th at 7:00 pm.
In 1897, 20 soldiers, an army surgeon and a reporter led by Lt. James A. Moss, rode bicycles from Fort Missoula in Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. The 41-day journey to St. Louis was 1,900 miles and took the men through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. The imbedded reporter, tells us that the Corps was escorted by hundreds as they drew closer to the finish of their journey and were welcomed by over 10,000 upon reaching their goal at Forest Park in St. Louis.
Mike Higgins is a history teacher from northern Wyoming. In the summer of 2010, he took his own bicycle and retraced the route. Through years of research Higgins' has uncovered many details about this footnote of history. His presentation will cover a wide range of topics, such as the original bicycle corps, modern bike touring, genealogy and Western history.
The USBHOF will be open at 1-5PM on June 13 and reopen at 6.30 for the talk. Free Admission for the talk