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No Riding on the Sidewalk!

Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts at History Nebraska ran across a booklet containing the Ordinances of the City of Beatrice, Nebraska from the year 1885 recently and found something interesting. According to Ordinance no. 60, it was unlawful to ride a bicycle, velocipede or tricycle upon the sidewalks or crosswalks within the city of Beatrice. If you were caught and convicted, it could cost you anywhere from $1 to $10 per violation!

Ordinances for the City of Beatrice, 1885 (NSHS RG308)

City of Beatrice, Ordinance no. 60 (NSHS RG308)

City of Beatrice, Ordinance no. 60, pt. 2 (NSHS RG308)

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