Traveling from Portland to New York by Bicycle - c. 1912


Traveling from Portland to New York by Bicycle - Patton Postcards

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Two young men pose with their bikes in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, as they set off on a cross-county trip to New York City. Bicycles were very popular in 1912, but were being overtaken by motorcycles in the public imagination. But then, as well as now, the lure of riding a bike across the country was an intriguing fantasy for many. Roads in 1912 were haphazard and intermittent, and cross-county travelers often spent a good percentage of their time walking. A similar journey taken in 1909 by two young men traveling the Pacific Coast by bicycle was retold by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb in her book, "Two Wheels North". -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0564
Photographer Patton Postcards
Location Salem, Marion County
Subject Bicycles
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.4 x 4.9 inches
Photographer's Number No