Found along the back roads of Arkansas. A a sculpture of a motorcycle and a sign that tells the story. This is why I explore the out of the way places – you never know what you will find…
The sign is missing some paint but this is my best reconstruction of what it says:
“In 1869 this ‘hog’ was built by Almond grandfather of William. It traversed the Santa Fe trail in 1869, carrying … between St. Louis and Bentsford in Colorado. It was reported that (Chapel Bent?) broke his leg above the knee while riding this bike when he crashed into a big cottonwood tree. Next year General Custer is said to have killed the last remaining buffalo in Kansas, south of Dodge City when he ran over (it?) while riding this hog.
At the 1893 Chicago World Fair this bike broke the land speed record of 42.5 miles per hour.
It was overhauled in 1914 and General Pershing used it in (the war?) with Mexico. It is said that Pancho Villa dumped (a?) bucket of nails in the road 2 miles north of Nogales trying to blow out the tires on this motorcycle.
At the end of WW II it is said that this bike (carried?) the ‘Little Boy’ from Los Alamos to (the?) Airfield (where?) the Enola Gay was without more powerful (motors?) was (unreadable beyond this point)”