Bicyclists of the League of American Wheelmen pose by the Frank Blair statue at the northeast corner of Forest Park before the second annual St. Louis County Bicycle Tour.

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Identifier: N10223

Title: Bicyclists of the League of American Wheelmen pose by the Frank Blair statue at the northeast corner of Forest Park before the second annual St. Louis County Bicycle Tour.

Description: Bicyclists of the League of American Wheelmen pose by the Frank Blair statue at the northeast corner of Forest Park before the second annual St. Louis County Bicycle Tour. Cycling was popular as a means of transportation and recreation at the turn of the twentieth century. By the early 1900s cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists were struggling to coexist on busy St. Louis roads. Cycling proponents lobbied for a bicycle license tax that would fund the construction of bicycle paths, but the tax never passed. Cycling races like the 1894 Forest Park bicycle race were popular with both cyclists and spectators and drew contestants from as far away as Chicago.

Item: Photograph

Rights:

Place: US; MO; MO, US

Dates: 1892

Type(s): Photo & Prints Collection

Maker/Creator: Frank Starke

Subjects: Frank Starke
horizontal
sepia
outdoors
St. Louis
Central West End (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Forest Park (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Lindell Boulevard
Kingshighway Boulevard
Frank Blair statue
statue
League of American Wheelman
bicyclist
bicycle
biking
bicycling
residences
homes
Sports
Clubs and Organizations
parks and recreation

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