Map Monday: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Bike Shops, late 1800s

I organized a visit to the latent Cycling Museum of Minnesota this weekend, and was delighted to see all the cool old bikes in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral by Loring Park.

They also had these cool maps, which I will share with you now.

[Apologies for the crap photos, but you get the picture…]

They show all the bike shops  and bike companies that were located in the Twin Cities during the peak of the 1st “bicycle boom” in the late 1890s. Back then, bicycles were the cutting edge and all the rage. So naturally there were dozens and dozens of small shops building, fixing, and selling bicycles all through both Twin Cities.

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota is a great place to visit if you’re interested in learning about bike history, or imagining what it might have been like to ride a bike through Minneapolis 120 years ago. If you ever get a chance to check it out, go for it! is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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One Response to Map Monday: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Bike Shops, late 1800s

  1. Karen September 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    I noticed quite a cluster of shops in Dinkytown – I’m assuming it was already dinkytown more or less in 1890.

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