The Military Bicycle Corps

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The Inner Circle of the library was filled to capacity Wednesday night as Mike Higgins, a teacher from Powell, gave a presentation on the Bicycle Corps of the 1890’s.

An experiment aimed at demonstrating the practical use of bicycles in the military, Lieutenant James Moss led an expedition of 20 black soldiers, starting at Fort Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1897.

Higgins said the trip was all about experiencing as much diverse terrain as possible.

The 1700 mile trip didn’t take too much of a toll on the bikes or the military fighters on wheels.

The idea of military bicycle use was short-lived however.

Higgins traced the route the Bicycle Corps took on his own bike, and learned what an incredible machine the bike is as well as how beautiful our country is.