Twenty-one riders entered a four-block bicycle race a century ago in downtown Henderson. Only four finished the course. The winner’s time was 28 minutes flat.
I’ve been writing my history column since the first of 1998 and have pretty thoroughly covered the local appearance of automobiles and airplanes. But I’ve never really given the early beginnings of the bicycle its due. I’m trying to remedy that with this column.
The first bicycles to appear locally were almost certainly what were then known as “penny-farthings,” the kind