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Monday, February 21, 2011
Bicycles Made in Hartford
Hartford was instrumental in the founding of an American bicycle manufacturing industry.
Col. Albert A. Pope was a Boston industrialist who became obsessed with bicycles in the late 1870s. He started a bicycle importing business and soon decided to build them himself. Because Hartford had an abundant supply of skilled metal workers, he opened his first factory here. Pope's bicycles were sold under the Columbia brand.
I attended a lecture at the Connecticut Historical Society in the autumn about the rise and fall of the bicycle-building industry in Connecticut. It fascinates me how people become expert in very narrow fields. If you are a bike history nut, who do you talk to about it?