Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club

The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour gets ready to leave Larned on July 15, 1913.
In honor of Motorcycle Awareness Month we found a few photos from the Kansas Memory collection from the Kansas Historical Society.
Around 100 motorcyclists from 11 states toured in 1913 stopped  in Dodge City on their way to Denver.
These photos highlight the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour from Hutchinson to Denver, which was the host city for that year's national convention of Federation of American Motorcyclists. According to the Kansas Historical Society, the Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in 1910, and received national attention because of their long-distance motorcycle tours and called themselves "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."

During the stop in Dodge City motorcycle races were held on a two-mile track that drew 1,000 spectators.


  1. The club was founded in Rexford, Ks. Dr. Patterson and his daughter were quite active in it. We have some information on this club and a few pictures in our archive at the Prairie Museum of Art & History.

    1. If you would like to share more photos, that would be great. You can send them to with blog photos in the subject title. THANK YOU.