The Trike That (Almost) Joined the Circus

November 27, 2018

By Silvie Andrews

“Relic Tricycle Draws Eye,” Oregonian, August 11 1946, page 14

The Oregon Historical Society’s vast museum collections range in size, use, and represent regions from every corner of the state. Many visitors are familiar with some of our favorites, including the famous Portland Penny (on display in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion), the Fort Rock sandals,  the Benson Automobile, and the Chinook-Columbia River ocean-going canoe — all three of which will be again on display in OHS’ new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, opening February 14, 2019.

We thought it would be fun to highlight some unique finds in our collection, such as this Victorian-era tricycle that arrived in Portland, Oregon, in about 1876. It made its way around the city through the 1950s and was very nearly gifted to a clown for use in the circus. It’s the first of our “Two Minute Takes,” a video series that will feature collections, tips and tricks, and a behind-the-scenes look at our staff in action. Enjoy!

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