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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too Bike Ride Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too Bike Ride

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Join us for Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too Bike Ride on August 6, 2016, 7:00 a.m. start, from the Winamac Freight Depot. Enjoy riding along Indiana’s Panhandle Pathway, the old rail bed of the Pennsylvania Railroad line. The length of the trail from Winamac to the Kenneth “Whistle Stop” is 44 miles roundtrip. Riders can choose shorter roundtrip distances. A new 60-mile ride returns through the country and along the Tippecanoe River. The ride ends with a meal at a local restaurant.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Kaye Beall

What do you consider the key accomplishments of your Legacy Project?

  • Tippecanoe and Bicycles Too bike ride brought riders together for rides of varied length and allowed them to see rural Indiana. Riding the Panhandle Pathway, the old railbed of the Pennsylvania Railroad Line, riders crossed the Tippecanoe River and Mill, Mud, Indian, and Crooked Creeks, and enjoyed a dedicated prairie preserve, and views of farmland. Riders passed through the communities of Winamac, Star City, Thornhope, and Royal Center that were established when the railroad was built in the mid-1850's. Those who rode the longest route left the Panhandle Pathway at the Kenneth Whistle Stop and follow county roads to Buffalo. The followed the Tippecanoe River through Pulaski, an old mill town, and back to Winamac. We celebrated this history and the uniqueness of the area with the ride.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • The number of riders tripled from the year before and a 60-mile ride was added to the ride length options.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • The Friends of the Panhandle maintain records and artifacts from the ride. Archival information and documents were submitted to the Pulaski County Public Library and the Indiana State Archives.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 25.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 75.

Photos from Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too

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Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too Committee Members

  • Raye Ann Absher
  • Tom Anspach
  • John Bawcum
  • Carol Croell
  • Fred Kasten
  • John Magee
  • Kelly Magee
  • Mike O'Connor
  • Ron Simhauser

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