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Carey Williams

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Posted - 06/22/2015 :  10:46:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello world

Saturday the Wheelmen gathered in beautiful Peoria Heights Il to participate in the Duryea Days . Frank and Charles Duryea were very active in the bicycling industry in the early 1890's and are most famous for their work in the automobile industry.... claiming the 1st place in the first automobile race in America ...Chicago 1895 ( Science museum / Columbia Exposition site/ Jackson Park) to Evanston ..and back on a cold November day 54 miles .in 10 hours 23 minutes ... or 2 miles slower per hour than James Moore riding on a velocipede for a distance of 70 miles in 10 hours and 25 minutes , 26 years earlier.... progress does not always move forward .

Marty Potts did a great job gathering all his friends to line the streets of the town as we rode by. Great fun was shared with some new Wheelmen members, excellent lunch , and oh yes we did some riding ...a real OHWT ... and a tour of the Rouse Hazard bicycle factory ( 1895-1900 + - ) Peoria Heights can boast of two factory's ( one standing other gravity neutralized) turning out bicycles in the 1890's Rouse Hazard and Peoria Rubber ...making such catchy titled steel steeds as the Sylph, Rouse, Ide, and Pattee .

Peoria Heights ..by title above the depths ... this case the flooded Illinois river valley . Lovely panoramic views can be had from up on high. Thank you for all the Wheelmen and public who came out to make it a special day .

More riveting info about the Duryea's ..( no doubt some of it is correct)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Frank_Duryea
Frank had/ rode an Eagle ..but sold it in 1890

line up for the parade ..ready to take on the streets.


Happy riders of the OHWT ... at the bottom of the ride ..now time to pedal back up

the Rouse Hazard bicycle factory ..( not in original paint) local couple are in the process to buy the building and move their bakery into ( after some major renovations and sweeping) , hope to have a mini display area showing the history of the building including two newly acquired Sylph bicycles


For central Illinois ..this is about as stunning of a panoramic view as you are going to see.

Get out and ride .
Cheers Carey
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