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Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench / Cycle Carnival 1897

 
 
Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, April 7, 2009
1. Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench Marker
Inscription.

Front
Erected 1897 by Ky. Div. of League of American Wheelmen to honor cycling pioneer A.D. Ruff (1827-96) of Owingsville, Ky. The League's oldest member, he had bicycled to Yellowstone National Park in 1893. Marble fountain and stone bench, known to generations of cyclists as "Wheelmen's Bench," designed by famed sculptor Enid Yandell.

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On October 8, 1897, a parade of 10,000 cyclists passed here to celebrate a new cinder bicycling path along Southern Parkway. Viewed by 50,000 spectators, parade began at Third and Broadway and ended at Iroquois Cycle Club. Many cyclists were in costume; ladies wore bloomers. Bugles and cannon fire marked the parade's progress. Presented by the Louisville Bicycle Club - 1997
 
Erected 1997 by The Kentucky Historical Society & the Kentucky Department of Highways.
 
Location. 38° 12.108′ N, 85° 45.876′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of South 3rd Street (Kentucky Route 1020) and Harlan Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is about 25 yards North of where Harlan Avenue "T's" into South 3rd Street. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40214, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Cycle Carnival, 1897 image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, April 7, 2009
2. Cycle Carnival, 1897
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Galt House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Birth of Truth In Advertising (approx. 3.8 miles away); Kentucky Fugitives to Canada (approx. 3.8 miles away); George Rogers Clark (approx. 3.9 miles away); "Bloody Monday" / American (Know-Nothing) Party (approx. 3.9 miles away); The 32nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment Civil War Monument (approx. 4 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York (approx. 4 miles away); Visitors at Louisville Wharf (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Louisville.
 
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Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench Park image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, April 7, 2009
3. Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench Park
The "Wheelmen's Bench" in Wilder Park, Louisville, Kentucky
 
 
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