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Fort Union: U.S. Army Bicycle Corps Program Sept. 19

on September 8, 2019 - 7:57am

Program about the U.S. Army Bicycle Corps, Iron Riders of the West at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19. Courtesy photo

Fort Union News:

Watrous – Join Fort Union in downtown Las Vegas, N.M. for a program about the hardy, but little-known U.S. Army Bicycle Corps, a group of Buffalo Soldiers who tested bicycles as a possible replacement for horses.

The free program will be presented by Park Ranger Mike Weinstein at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The program will take place at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas, N.M.

When bicycles became a popular new technology in the 1890s, a few Army officers thought the two-wheeled vehicles, needing no food or water, could replace the horse.

The Bicycle Corps fared well in two years of arduous testing in the rugged terrain of the western United States. But the arrival of the internal combustion engine just a few years later was the death knell for the bicycle as a military vehicle.

This program is free in partnership with the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025, visit, or like on us on Facebook at

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