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Will B. Rolling Mississippi River Statue in Port Byron, Illinois

Along the banks of the Mississippi are a couple of 30-foot statues of cyclists on Victorian curiosities called penny-farthings. The vintage bicycle takes its name from old British coins: a penny was bigger than a farthing, so side-by-side they resembled the pedal machines that were coming into fashion in the 1880s. The statues were made by a local company specializing in fiberglass roadside attractions (animals, fruit, dinosaurs, robots—all sizes, made to order), the first one was installed in Sparta, on the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail.
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