I’m a visual learner. I like photos and videos, postcards and historical dramas (Downton Abbey! Call the Midwife! Mad Men!) to help me figure out history, and how it applies to me now. So, when I want to know more about Kansas City history, I go to the Kansas City Public Library’s website, kchistory.org.
Today I typed in bicycle! Here’s what I’ve learned, and I’m only on the first page of results:
- Avis Elida Smith, who founded what is now known as Children’s Mercy Hospital, rode her bike and walked everywhere she needed to be. (Sounds like blogger Sara Arendale!)
- There was such a thing as the Kansas City Bike Co. at least as early as 1895 (and probably much earlier).
- Cyclists have a long history of dodging streetcar tracks.
- And then there’s this clever/terrifying Halloween costume.
What can you find?