25th Infantry Bicycle Corps.


This is a blog about the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps. and their trips to McDonald Lake and Yellowstone National Park.

The entry about riding their bicycles from Fort Missoula to McDonald Lake in the late 1890’s is totally fascinating!  Here is an excerpt:

Hemmed in by colossal mountains whose tops tower into cloud-land, its sleepy waters abound with delicious trout and two or three of the soldiers who brought lines along caught them as nearly as fast as they could pull them out. Although in the heart of the mountains, 63 miles from the post, and carrying our rations on bicycles, we lived much better than soldiers do on ordinary practice marches, when the provisions are carried in wagons. Our supper consisted of biscuits, bacon, corn, coffee, condensed mil, trout and prunes. – Lt. James A. Moss, Military Cycling in the Rocky Mountains, pg. 16-17

~ by snyelmn on April 25, 2009.

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