From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bridges, Travis

(born: 1862) Pvt. Travis Bridges from Mt. Sterling, KY was one of the twenty soldiers in Company H, 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps in 1897. Starting on the 14th of June, the men rode bicycles 1,900 miles from Ft. Missoula, MT to St. Louis, MO, arriving the 24th of July.

 Pvt. Bridges was discharged from the Army without honor on November 1, 1897, according to the U.S. Army Register of Enlistments. He was rated as a good soldier from his first enlistment in 1885 up to the date of his final discharge.

Bridges' name was submitted by Mike Higgins, who formerly maintained a blog on the 25th Bicycle Corps, has spoken publicly about the corps, and contributed information to a blog. Jim Piepert has also posted information and photographs online.

For more information on Travis Bridges and the Bicycle Corps, see also "The Black Buffalo Soldiers Who Biked Across the American West" at the Smithsonian Magazine website; Iron Riders, The 25th Infantry Regiment Bicycle Corps, Part III at The National Archies website; and Buffalo Soldiers on Bicycles.

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