Last Saturday DRBC members set up a display in downtown La Crosse for the Historic Downtown Days. To tie our regular setup into the more historical theme on the event several members brought their classic bikes and even dressed in “period” clothing. They talked to lots of people, had sl0w races and got the public involved with our bicycling trivia game. We also had a couple of posters that had images of bicycling from the area’s past and a few interesting articles. You can find these images in the slide show below, plus a few that we could not fit.

Of particular interest to me is the 1896 letter to the council by the La Crosse Wheelmen asking for permission to put in a sidewalk/bike path. Many people don’t know that the country’s first “paved” roads were lobbied for and built for bicyclists, cars only came along latter. Enjoy the bits of history below. The images were researched and provided by the La Crosse Public Library Archives, who deserve a specials thanks.

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