Learn all about Crown, a La Porte bicycle manufacturer, Oct. 19

 

A young lady poses with a Crown bicycle manufactured in La Porte. (Museum photo; click to enlarge)

A Crown Bicycle emblem. (Museum photo; click to enlarge)

Driving on Washington Street behind the former La Porte Hospital building, you might have wondered about that brick monument showcasing a concrete crown emblem. Learn the origin of that display and more Oct. 19 at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum as Richard Peglow offers the history of Crown Bicycles.

Attend this free event at 7 p.m. as historian and La Porte native Peglow talks about the Crown manufacturing facility, which was located on Washington Street where the monument stands. Peglow has been researching and collecting ephemera and bicycles from Crown Cycle Company/Great Western Manufacturing Company since 1999.

Peglow will give an overview of La Porte’s 30-year bicycle legacy, which spanned from the 1890s to the 1920s. He’ll bring along two bikes as well as related ads and documents.

The museum will close to the public again after this event until work on the roof is completed. Museum personnel appreciate your continued patience. Stay tuned for updates.

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