Charles Lindbergh on the Motorcycle He Rode from Chicago to Louisville in 24 Hours, 1921

Summary

Charles Lindbergh indulged his interests in machinery and speed by purchasing an Excelsior motorcycle in 1920. Lindbergh rode the bike from his boyhood home in Little Falls, Minnesota, to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His marathon Chicago-Louisville run was made in the summer of 1921, when Lindbergh traveled from Madison to Camp Knox, Kentucky, for ROTC training in field artillery.

Charles Lindbergh indulged his interests in machinery and speed by purchasing an Excelsior motorcycle in 1920. Lindbergh rode the bike from his boyhood home in Little Falls, Minnesota, to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His marathon Chicago-Louisville run was made in the summer of 1921, when Lindbergh traveled from Madison to Camp Knox, Kentucky, for ROTC training in field artillery.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1921

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1629.218

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4.75 in

Width: 8 in

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