On Thursdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:
“The Pope Manufacturing Company at 221 Columbus Ave. was once the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world.”
Here is a selection from Colonel Pope’s profile in the book: “Born in Boston in 1843, Albert Pope joined a volunteer regiment and fought in the Civil War, attaining the rank of colonel. Colonel Pope visited the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where he saw a bicycle for the first time. In 1877, fascinated by the possibilities that the bicycle offered to the traveling public, Pope opened the Pope Manufacturing Company to produce and sell bicycles. In the early 1890s, Pope built a new location for his company at 221 Columbus Avenue.”
To learn more about Colonel Pope, check out his profile on page 101 of the book. Order your copy here.