Friday, October 20, 2017

Wyman Journey Poster Campaign

Bring the Wyman history to riders near you!

We are expanding the Wyman Journey poster campaign to local motorcycle dealerships across the USA.  Our national campaign has already sent the Journey poster to over 130 motorcycle dealerships along Wyman's 1903 route.   Thank youWyman Journey poster campaign sponsors.

Now, you can join the campaign to help bring the Wyman story to riders in your local area.  Receive two Journey posters; one for you and one for a local motorcycle shop.  (See the details below)


BMW Motorcycles of Austin, TX


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This 18 by 24 inch high quality poster captures the story of Wyman's epic journey across America.  Fashioned after a circa 1903 newspaper front page, it captures 'who, what, why, when, where and how' of this historic event.

Motorcycle dealerships use posters to share information about local events and promotions.  The Wyman Journey poster fits right in, especially, with those dealerships in the communities listed on the poster between San Francisco to New York City.  The Journey poster has the potential to introduce hundreds, even thousands, of local riders to Wyman's inspiring long-distance motorcycle ride for the first time.
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(Poster frame purchased separately)


Donating is easy and secure via PayPal or credit/debit card.  Click on the "Donate" button at the upper right margin of this page and enter the dollar amount of your tax deductible* donation.  Select, "Donate with PayPal" or "Donate with a Debit or Credit Card"  Enter the words "Journey poster" in the "Enter Sponsorship level here" link.  Please ensure to include your mailing address.





Donate $25 - and receive 2 Wyman Journey posters. Hang one at home and place the second to your local motorcycle dealership to help spread the Wyman story.

Donate $50 - and receive 3 Journey posters, along with the 11x17 inch laminated Waypoint poster & 2 Waypoint reflective stickers.  Hang one Journey poster at home and place the second to your local motorcycle dealership to help spread the Wyman story.

Each Wyman Journey poster package contains:
  - 2 Journey posters
  - Letter of invitation to the the motorcycle shop General Manager
  - Suggestions on how best to prepare the poster for display

Proceeds of the campaign will be to distribute the Wyman Journey posters to current Wyman waypoint sign & memorial plaque locations, historical societies & tourist information centers between San Francisco and New York City.

Thank you!  We are proud of the Wyman Journey poster.  Volunteer graphic designers Michele Denton and Steve Diederich have captured the essence of Wyman's historic event in an artistic and informative fashion.  Their volunteer work is a great example of working together...
"Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future"

The mission of The George A. Wyman Memorial Project, Inc. is to promote the Wyman story, mark the points along his historic 1903 route, and educate the public of his epic motorcycle journey across America. 

* Consult your tax adviser.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Wyman in the News!

Dateline 18 June, 2017 - NBC News -San Francisco Bay Area, reporter Joe Rosato Jr. publishes this piece about Wyman's ride across America.

Remember the Oakland Man Who First Crossed the US on a Motorcycle
George A Wyman a little known Oakland mechanic was the first person to cross the United States on a motorized vehicle.
(Published Sunday, June 18, 2017)

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - November 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, November 1903 issue is available for your viewing
pleasure.  (Link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQa29CMldyeF8waGs)

Featuring!
THE MERITS OF WYMAN'S PERFORMANCE
By A. Nichols Jervis

An interesting analysis of Wyman's historic first ever crossing of America.  The author puts into prospective just how difficult riding a motorcycle across the continent was in 1903 America.  Jervis contrasts Wyman's solitary accomplishment with that of the Jackson automobile 'expedition' crossing 21 days after Wyman reached NYC.

  • "Nine Thousand Miles of Utility," by E. M. Case:  Telephone linemen discover the utility of using motorcycles in their daily work.  
  • "Hills and How to Measure Them,"  by Frederick Warrington:  Everything the circa 1903 motorcyclist needed to know about riding up hill.
  • "Testimony of Two Men of Medicine," J. P. Paul:  British MDs use motorcycle to make house calls.  Dr. Benson covered over 21,939 miles in 14 months of riding.  An impressive number of miles even by today's standards.
  • "The Wars Against Progress," by George G. Griffin:  "Safety" kills the 'high wheel' and shapes the evolution of the bicycle, motor bicycle and motorcycle.  Mechanical standards we take for granted today were 'innovations' brought to common use in the name of "Safety."
  • "Stabling" the Motor Bicycle" 
  • "Training Motorists for the British Army"
  • "The Grip Control," Indian introduces the throttle control on the right hand grip.
  •  "How Gasoline is Obtained"
Watch for the December 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

Waypoint Volunteer - Sign up for one or more Wyman Waypoints to coordinate with potential hosting communities and organizations.  We seek authorized and secure mounting of Wyman Waypoint signs and where appropriate,Wyman Memorial plaques. This involves working with members of the community government, local historical societies and organizations through the stages of the hosting process.

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Scouting the Wyman Waypoint Trail

The George A. Wyman Memorial Project is conducting the annual survey of the waypoint locations along Wyman's historic 1903 trek across America.  The purpose is to validate the waypoints, inspect the Wyman waypoint signs, memorial plaques and to enhance the information about each location.

SpotWalla Map


As with previous waypoint surveys, a major goal of this year's survey is to coordinate with local hosting authorities to get more Wyman waypoint sign and memorial plaques mounted in their communities.

Waypoint Pictures

Scouting Reports, by Tim Masterson, Project Manager

Saturday, 5/20:  Getting the Wyman Memorial plaque placed in Perrysburg is a complicated process.  We have won approval to ground mount a plaque into the sidewalk in front of the historic building that was the circa 1903 Post Office, where Wyman stored his motorcycle the night of Thursday, June 25,1903.

After a couple stops along the way, I will end this year's Wyman trail survey at Albany.  I want to work out the placement of the plaque and sign at the circa 1903 "Indian Motorcycle" shop Wyman used to work on his crippled motorcycle. I've decided to skip the three NYC waypoints this trip.  Nothing has changed and I have no one to see when I get there.  Weather looks good all the way to Albany once I get into New York.

Friday, 5/19:  Today, I am visiting the Dixon Lincoln Highway exhibit to speak to the director about getting a Wyman Memorial plaque and Waypoint sign posted at the Interpretative Center.  Then it's off to Goshen, Ligonier and stopping for the night in Perrysburg, OH.  Each of these waypoints have Wyman Memorial plaque sponsors, so I'm keen to coordinate the details a their placement.  More bad weather is forecast for today's riding.

Dixon Gelena Bridge
Success!  The City of Dixon has joined the Project as the hosting authority for the Wyman Memorial plaque and Waypoint sign for the 618.3 Dixon location.  The plaque and sign will be mounted in the common space park at the southwest corner of the Gelena bridge.



Goshen test fit
In the land of Goshen, the guys at the Janus Motorcycle Company pose with the Wyman Memorial plaque and Waypoint sign to be mounted at the
"Motorcycle Only" parking area.



Ligonier test fit
The Ligonier Visitor's Center pose with the Wyman Memorial plaque and Waypoint sign to be mounted facing the road Wyman rode along when he entered Ligonier on Wednesday, June 24, 1903.

Thursday, 5/18:  The focus this day will be to secure hosting authority as several of the locations between Omaha and Chicago.  Many of them have accepted Waypoint signs but haven't posted them yet.  It's a common issue amoug community agencies.  It's like dealing with "City Hall", it just takes time and effort.  But with each visit we make progress here and some there.  It's like chiseling away at a large stone to make it a monument.  OK, enough of the metaphors.

Boone RR Museum
I stopped by several waypoints along the way from Lexington NE to Boone IA.  But the goal was to be at the Boone Railroad Museum to get permission to mount a Wyman Memorial plaque and Waypoint poster inside the Museum.  The Boone RR Museum is already the hosting authority for a Wyman Waypoint sign.  And, as you can see by this dry fit photo they are more than happy to have the items.  The location is inside the Museum, on the right side of the door into the gift shop.

I stopped for the night in Dixon, IL.  I want to be at the Dixon Welcome Center to see the director of the Lincoln Highway Interpretative Center.  The history of Wyman's journey through Iowa is one of him following the circa 1903 roads that became the Lincoln Highway.

Wednesday, 5/17:  The goal today is to secure location hosting at the 602.5 Lovejoy Garage waypoint located in downtown Laramie and to talk with the person who controls the Visitor's Center at the top of Sherman Summit Rest Area.  But first, I will stop by Fort Steele and Medicine Bow to survey the Waypoint signs and displays at those locations.  As I am typing this report, sipping on a cup of hotel room coffee, the Weather Channel blares out "Winter storm warning for all of Wyoming.  Current temperature in your area is 32f degrees with thunderstorms turning to snow in the afternoon."  Hopefully, I will be well into Nebraska before any of the severe weather hits Wyoming.  The weather radar looks clear all the way to Cheyenne and onto western Nebraska.

The weather gods smiled on my riding today.  Seems I was in a good weather trough between two severe weather systems; one behind me in Wyoming and one in eastern Nebraska.  At any rate I really enjoyed the great riding today.  One of my most successful of this years scouting survey.

Major Success!  The Laramie Area Visitor Center has accepted our offer to be the
Sherman Summit Visitor's Center
hosting authority and will work to mount a Wyman Memorial plaque and Wyman Waypoint sign at the 604.1 Shermin Summit location.  The Visitor's Center at the Rest Area of Exit 323, I-10 is the host to the large bust of Lincoln to honor the founder of the Lincoln Highway, Henry B. Joy.  The Wyman Memorial plaque will be mounted inside the visitor center and the Waypoint sign in front of the building.   The Rest Area and visitor's center at this location is visited by over 500,000 travelers each year.

Wyman rode these tracks
On the way to Julesburg, CO to inspec the Wyman Waypoint sign at the historic depot there, I could not resist the opportunity to snap a photo of the RR tracks he followed.

Success!  The City of Ogallala has joined the Project as the hosting authority for 607.4 Ogallala RON.  The City Manager committed to mounting a Wyman Memorial plaque, with Ogallala specific narrative and Wyman poster inside the visitor's center with a Wyman Waypoint sign in front of the building.

I ended this day's waypoint scouting and decided to RON (remin over night) in Lexington, NE...just as Wyman did on Tuesday, June 9, 1903.  My choices of food and lodging must be far better than what George had, back in the day!

Tusday, 5/16:  There are three significant Wyman waypoints in Ogden UT.  I'm working to get the Wyman memorial plaque and waypoint sign mounted at the location in downtown Ogden where he worked on his motorcycle at the L.H. Becraft bicycle shop.  Today, the location is a vacant parking lot for a nice restaurant.  Even with the delay to get a new tire in SLC I expect to get well into Wyoming before finishing for the day.

Success!  The Depot Grill has joined the Project as the hosting authority for the
Ogden test fit
Wyman memorial plaque and waypoint sign for the 528.2 LH Becraft Bicycle Shop waypoint at the corner of Grant and 24th St.  Pictured here is the General Manager dry fitting the mounting location with my travel samples.

The weather worsened as I headed east through Weber Canyon.  Showers, gusty winds and temperatures in low 40s.  Between Devil's Slide and well beyond Evanston I encounter bouts of sleet and pea sized hail.  My riding gear was performing well battling the elements.

There are many Wyman waypoints along this stretch of I-80.  I did not stop at most of
Point of Rocks Store
them as there is no there...there.  Still, it is remarkably desolate this area is abscent the Interstate.  Looking to the south along I-80 one can see the Transcontintenal Railroad that was Wyman's guide as he rode through this same terrain 114 years prior.  I stopped at the Point of Rock waypoint to snap a picture of the Overland Stage ruins.  When Wyman stopped here on  May 31, 1903, it was an active travel center.  Today, I stopped at the Point of Rocks Conoco station to grab a cup of hot coffee in the well stocked convienence store.  Yup, the Wyman Waypoint poster I gave them last year is still displayed.  Thank you, Point of Rocks.

Monday, 5/15:  Today's goal is to meet with the Navada director of the Lincoln Highway Assocation to discuss enhancing the Wyman waypoints along the Lincoln Highway locations.  Then more site visits along the Wyman trail.  Most of the current and potential hosting authorities will b open for business today.  I would like to get all the way to Ogden UT by day's end.  I want to start fresh on Tuesday morning to secure the hosting location for 528,2 L.H. Becraft Bicycle Shop waypoint memorial sign and memorial plaque sponsored by the Motor-Assisted Bicycle organization.

Lovelock NV Depot
Good riding today with cool temperatures and some sprinkles.   I bypassed the Massi and Upsal waypoints as there is nothing there that might have changed since Wyman rode passed them.  In Lovelock I spoke to the City Clerk about getting a Waypoint sign mounted on the outside of the historic depot in the old town center.  Proceding east along I-80, I was making good time compared to Wyman's travel time.  I will cover in a day what tookWyman a week, from leaving Reno on the 21st, arriving in Ogden UT on the 28th.

I am making a side trip to Salt Lake City to get a new rear tire on Tuesday morning before heading to Ogden.

Success!  The City of Carlin has joined the Project as the hosting authority for 524.6 Carlin RON and will post a Wyman Waypoint sign at a historically significant location along the RR tracks in Carlin.  Location to be determined by the Carlin historian.


Sunday, 5/14:  I am meeting Marti Wyman Schein, Project Research Director and her husband Jimmie at Schein & Schein, their historic map and document shop in San Francisco.   We are meeting KNTV NBC News reporter Joe Rosato, who will be interviewing those gathered about the Wyman saga for a piece to be air locally.  Schein & Schein was recently featured in a news piece done by Joe.  He learned of Marti's great-grandfather George and was intrigued by the Wyman story.

After the interviews and video shooting I departed San Francisco for Reno, stopping as several of the Wyman waypoints along the way.  I was able to meet with the owners of the Rocklin building which displays a waypoint sign.  They were pleased to post the sign on the outside of their historic building.  I left them with a Wyman Waypoint poster for display inside their business.

Since it was Mother's Day most of the hosting locations were closed.  While stopping
Donner Pass snow shower
at Emigrant Gap for gas I left a Wyman Waypoint poster for display over the memorial plaque inside of the convenience store that is acting as the hosting authority for the 519.1 Emigrant Gap waypoint.  While there I geared up for the cold ride over Donner Pass.  It was snowing by the time I crossed over and I glad to have on my heated gear.  After a stop at the 520.4 Verdi waypoint I ended the day's ride in Reno to remain over night, just like George did on May 20, 1903.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - October 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, October 1903 issue is available for your viewing pleasure.
(Link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQMFpmTVhHMXBEZXc)

Featuring!
"Across America on a Motor Bicycle"
By George A. Wyman

In addition to Wyman's report, of the 5th and last leg of his epic ride across America, are several interesting articles about motorcycling in October, 1903.
  • "The Road to Knowledge," by Alvin Rich:  The lessons of ride craft and keeping the motorcycle running at it best happen along the road.  
  • "Developing the Double Machine,"  by C.W. Brown:  Pillions and the art of taking her along for the ride.
  • "The Tour of Jack LaFiance," by Charles Hersey Fenner:  A ride report of a familiar nature.
  • "Motor Bicycles for Military Use," by Herbert N. Arthur:  Wyman's example inspires General Nelson A. Miles to adapt the motorcycle for military use.
  • "Suggestions for Beginners," by Frank B. Widmayer:  So, you just got a motorcycle delivered in a crate?  The 1903 version of the modern "Out of the Box"  YouTube video.   
Watch for the November 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

Waypoint Volunteer - Sign up for one or more Wyman Waypoints to coordinate with potential hosting communities and organizations.  We seek authorized and secure mounting of Wyman Waypoint signs and where appropriate,Wyman Memorial plaques. This involves working with members of the community government, local historical societies and organizations through the stages of the hosting process

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - September 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, September 1903 issue is available for your viewing
pleasure.  (Link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQLWFjMlYtNGtDZVU)

Featuring!
"Across America on a Motor Bicycle"
THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE TWO GREAT RIVERS TO CHICAGO
By George A. Wyman

In addition to Wyman's report, of the 4th leg of his epic and historic ride across America, are several interesting articles about motorcycling in September 1903.
  • "Formation of the Federation", by Wallace Stevens - The organization of The Federation of American Motorcyclists as a political action and rights representative for the American motorcycle rider.
  • "The Effects of 7000 Miles", by W. Neal Walden - The physical and psychological affects of riding.
  • "Hansen and the 1000 Miles Record", A. J. Nicholson - Chronicle of A.A. Hansen's record breaking attempt at the 1,000 miles in 24 hour barrier.
  • "Demonstrations of Practicality", by H. F. Charles - On the many uses of the motorcycle and it's speed over conventional means of transportation.
  • and, many others...
Watch for the October 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

Waypoint Volunteer - Sign up for one or more Wyman Waypoints to coordinate with potential hosting communities and organizations.  We seek authorized and secure mounting of Wyman Waypoint signs and where appropriate,Wyman Memorial plaques. This involves working with members of the community government, local historical societies and organizations through the stages of the hosting process

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - August 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, August 1903 issue is available for your viewing pleasure.
(Link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQdlYtczFFc09BQlE)

Featuring - "Across America on a Motor Bicycle"
OVER THE ROCKIES AND THE GREAT DIVIDE TO THE PRAIRIES
By George A. Wyman

In addition to Wyman's report, of the 3rd leg of his epic and historic ride across America, are several interesting articles about motorcycling in August 1903.

  • "A Legalized 'Holdup' in 'Free' America" The government discovers the value of the "ticket"
  • "The Call to Arms" Government regulation chases the motorcyclist.  The call to organize to lobby for rights of motorcyclists.
  • "Emblematic of Motorcycling", Motorcycle club Iconography is born
  • Is Motorcycling Hereditary? Like father, like son
  • Ad for "The Mitchell"  Billed as what may well be the first "fat boy" motorcycle
  • and, many others...

Watch for the September 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - July 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, July 1903 is available for your reading pleasure.
(Click on the highlighted title above or cut/past this link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQVkJjMUVpODJlSGs)

Featuring:  Across America on a Motor Bicycle - OVER THE GREAT DESERTS TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, by George A. Wyman.  Included are several snapshots by Wyman not seen since their original publication in this 1903 issue.

In addition to Wyman's 2nd leg trip report are several interesting articles about motorcycling in July 1903.
  • A Motorcycling Leader - Profile of George M. Hendee, Indian Motorcycles
  • A Woman's View of the Motor Bicycle - Musings of a woman biker, circa 1903
  • Impressions of the Endurance Run - The New York "Rally" Wyman wanted to participated in after his historic ride-in from California.  (See the full Rally report:  The Great Endurance Run - Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review. Could this be the first Motorcycle Rally?)
  • More Enjoyment for Men of Years - A 51 Mile ride to eat.
  • and, many others....
Watch for the August 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.  

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - June 1903

The June, 1903 issue of The Motorcycle Magazine is available online!

( https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQd3FySTN3NERESEE )

Marti Wyman Schein, Project, Director of Research, has gotten an advance copy of the first year of newly digitized The Motorcycle Magazine.  It is in PDF form, 508 individual PDF pages to be exact.  We have pieced together the June 1903 issue a made it available on our Google Drive in PDF form.

This issue contains Wyman's leg 1 article of Across America on a Motor Bicycle - OVER THE SEIRRAS AND THROUGH THE SNOW SHEDS.  One of the interesting finds of the article is of Wyman stopping at the Colfax RR Depot, CA, May 18, 1903.  The picture of him standing next to his 1902 "California" motorcycle is confirmation of the previously published photograph See:  Colfax Station and Wyman Memorial Plaque Dedication - Colfax Station

It also contains several other interesting articles;

  • Motorcycle pioneer E.R. Thomas of Buffalo, NY
  • A.A. Hanson, first person to publicly declare the goal to ride a motorcycle 1,000 in less than 24 hours
  • Motor Bicycles for Men of Weight (prelude to the "Fat Boy" ?)
  • Plus, period advertisements

The Yale University Library has digitized the entire collection of "The Motorcycle Magazine," Volume 1 and Volume 2.  This represents 48 issues and its entire publication run from 1903 to 1906.  The digitized versions will be eventually posted to the HathiTrust Digital Library for free public access to the entire collection.  We will bring you that information as it fully digitized versions become available.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tuesday, June 16, 1903

Stoddart Hotel, 1907
On June 16th, Wyman woke at the hotel run by the widow Stoddart and her two sons in Marshalltown, IA.  He rode east out of town along Main Street at 7 am. His goal was to make Cedar Rapids by the end of the day.  Following the Northwestern RR tracks, he alternated between riding the ties and the roads adjacent to them.  As he approached the small farming communities along the route, some of the "section hands" would order him off the tracks.  It became sort of a game to Wyman as he always attempted to blarney his way along the tracks.

Here, in his own words taken from: "Through the Valley of the Two Great Rivers to Chicago", G.A.Wyman, The Motorcycle Magazine, September, 1903

     "Imagine a man so anxious to ride a bicycle over railroad ties that he would lie awake at night planning how to prevaricate to the section men! My luck in the gentle art of telling fairy stories was variable. Some passed me on with a doubtful look, but others were rude enough to refuse me credence and order me "back to the highway." Although I was east of there, I was like the man going to Omaha, who persistently returned after being put off the railroad train. Some section bosses and track walkers I went past, others I went around, and by using road and rail bed alternately I kept making headway."

Wyman's "snapshot"
About 20 miles from Marshalltown, Wyman rode along the RR ties through the Meswakie Indian Settlement near Tama.  As the tracks intersected what is now Meskwaki Road, Wyman left the tracks and took to the road.  (this stretch of road would become part of the Lincoln Highway system, circa 1913.)  A passing wagon caught Wyman's interest and he snapped this photo with his Kodak Vest Pocket camera.

     "There is a reservation at Tama, Iowa, through which place I passed and most of the Indians I saw were from there...while I was on the road I tried to get a snapshot of one of the parties of Indians that I met in wagons. There was a squaw in the party, and she yowled like a coyote when I pointed the camera at her and made haste to cover herself with a blanket...This squaw waved her arms and threw herself about so that I thought she would fall. I persevered, however, and got a snapshot; although it was an unsatisfactory one, because, after all, it shows only the Indian lady seated in the wagon with a blanket over her head."

He continued on, alternating between the rails and good roads.  Near the small community of Fairfax, Wyman's motor started to miss fire badly.  The spark for the combustion was produced by batteries stored in the metal compartment behind his seat.  Still following the tracks of the Northwestern RR he decided to switch to the adjacent road and pedal the rest of the way into Cedar Rapids.  Alas, another instance of final drive failure as his coaster brake malfunctioned.  Undaunted, he walked the rest of the way to Halls Bicycle Shop at 108 Second Avenue to affect repairs.  He remained overnight in Cedar Rapids, IA

     "Five miles from Cedar Rapids my batteries got so weak that my motor began to miss and finally gave out. When I tried to pedal the clumsily repaired coaster brake it broke again and I had to walk into Cedar Rapids. The rapids, which I passed as I entered the city, were pretty, but I, plodding along and pushing my bicycle envied their rapidity more than their beauty. I traveled about 77 miles this day, though the distance by rail from Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids is only 69 miles."


41.920245, -91.780172
Wyman Waypoint Sign Mounting
We are pleased to announce the City of Fairfax, IA has joined the Wyman Memorial Project as the hosting authority for Wyman Waypoint 616.2 Cedar Rapids Outskirts.  The Waypoint sign is mounted on the southside of Railroad Street just east of Vanderbilt Street.

The George A. Wyman Memorial Project thanks the City of Fairfax, IA for their enthusiastic support of our efforts to enrich the history of their community with the Wyman story.

"Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future"