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Hockaday Motor Cycle Company

Hockaday Motor Cycle Company
Date: 1909-1910
Business advertisement contained in the Automobile Club of Wichita's "Year Book" for 1909 to 1910. "Woody" Hockaday, a automobile dealer from Wichita, launched a campaign to mark Kansas auto routes. Later in 1918, he published a road map showing 33 marked highways in the United States.


Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club pathfinders in Pratt, Kansas

Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club pathfinders in Pratt, Kansas
Date: June, 1912
In this photograph, two riders pose on their Indian motorcycles, ready to leave Pratt on a pathfinding mission in advance of the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour. Plans called for the tour to originate in Garden City, and extend into Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. The pathfinders' job was to select the routes, make arrangements for fuel, supplies, and campground locations, and attend to other logistical details. The tour itself departed from Garden City on August 11, 1912, with one of the main itinerary attractions being Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A handwritten note beneath the image identifies the two pathfinders as Cross and Bennett. The latter is Wells Bennett, a Wichita native who was one of the state's leading dirt-track racers at the time. He would later establish himself as a premier national competitor in several motorcycle event categories. Bennett was inducted into the national Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000, and is described by the Hall of Fame as "one of the pioneers of motorcycle racing," and "one of the greatest cross-country riders of all time." The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. It achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance motorcycle tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each year except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."


Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour in Larned, Kansas

Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour in Larned, Kansas
Date: 1913
Participants in the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour are preparing to leave Larned in this photograph made on July 15, 1913. Larned was the first overnight stop on the 1913 tour, which originated in Hutchinson the day before. Approximately 100 motorcyclists came from eleven states to make the nine-day journey to Denver, host city for the 1913 national convention of the Federation of American Motorcyclists. The Short Grass tour followed a detailed itinerary, with events scheduled at designated points along the way. In Larned, the group's stay featured a series of six professional and amateur motorcycle races at the fairgrounds. Evening events included a band concert and a social gathering. Other overnight stops on the 1913 tour included Dodge City and the following cities in Colorado: Holly, Las Animas, Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. It achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance motorcycle tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each year except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Motorcycle race, Gray County, Kansas

Motorcycle race, Gray County, Kansas
Date: Between 1935 and 1939
This photograph shows a motorcycle race at the Gray County, Kansas, fair grounds.


Shawnee Cycle Company, Topeka, Kansas

Shawnee Cycle Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1913
This black and white photograph shows a group of men standing before the Harley-Davidson and Shawnee Cycle shop. The business owned by Erwin Keller was located in 1912 at 117 East Seventh Street and later moved, in 1921, to 114 East Seventh Street in Topeka, Kansas.


Wells Bennett, on an Indian motorcycle

Wells Bennett, on an Indian motorcycle
Date: Between 1910 and 1912
Wells Bennett, pictured here circa 1910, was one of the nation's top motorcycle competitors in the 1910s and early 1920s. Born in Wichita in 1891, Bennett entered his first race at the age of 15. Within five years, he was a leading Kansas dirt track racer. While visiting Denver in 1912, Bennett was introduced to board track racing, whose events were contested on an oval wooden track with steeply-banked turns. He won the first board track race he entered and soon left Kansas to compete at board tracks across the country. As his career progressed, Bennett shifted his attention to endurance, hill-climbing, and long-distance cross-country events. He competed at the upper echelons of his sport and set several records. He also worked as a stunt rider in Hollywood. Bennett's most notable achievements occurred in the early 1920s. On May 30-31, 1922, Bennett established a 24-hour distance record that remained unbroken for 15 years. Riding his Henderson 4 motorcycle on a board track in Tacoma, Washington, he traveled 1,562.54 miles during the 24-hour period. Later in 1922, Bennett set a transcontinental record when he rode from Los Angeles to New York in 6 days, 16 hours and 13 minutes. In August 1923, he captured the Three-Flags Run title by riding from the Canadian border near Blaine, Washington to Tijuana, Mexico in 42 hours and 44 minutes. Bennett retired from competitive racing in the mid-1920s. He ran a motorcycle dealership in Portland, Oregon, until 1930; worked as a service representative for Ford Motor Company; and then purchased a ranch near Mt. Hood. He died in Oregon on May 31, 1969. In 2000, Wells Bennett was inducted into the national Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame describes Bennett as "one of the pioneers of motorcycle racing," and "one of the greatest cross-country riders of all time."


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