Riding a pennyfarthing from Ohio to the St Louis World's Fair and back in 1904 | Area History | richlandsource.com

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The big adventure of [Eugene Francis Huddle]'s life is documented in the photograph that sits on the carriage seat in the museum today. The picture shows a distinctively late-Victorian high-wheeled bicycle. Early bicycles were known as velocipedes, and they couldn't go very fast. . . .

The invention of the safety bicycle with chains to operate gears that allowed for speed with smaller, pneumatic tires made the penny farthing obsolete by the 1890s.

But there were those who remained faithful to the old-style machine, which required more skill than the safety bicycle.

Eugene Huddle was obviously one of those people, for according to family legend, he made an extraordinary journey in 1904, riding his high-wheeled bicycle from Ohio to Nebraska, then down to the St. Louis World's Fair in Missouri, and finally back to Ohio.