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Sheffield Velocipede Car Co. Plant

Three Rivers, Michigan

The Sheffield Velocipede Car Company was founded at Three Rivers, Michigan in the late 1870’s by George S. Sheffield. The firm’s initial product was a three wheeled track inspection car apparently invented by Sheffield. These cars were powered by a combination of hand and foot levers operated in a push-pull action. At about 140 lbs., they were light enough to be swung off the tracks to make way for trains. One authority says Sheffield received a U.S. patent for a single seat tricycle design in 1879 and for a two seat tricycle design in 1882.

Thanks to Hayes and his website for this information. We were happy to reclaim Heart Pine timbers from the original structure.