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If you happened to be out and about downtown Sweetwater at about 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, you may have seen a whole lot of people on what appeared to be miniature motorcycles. What were those funny little bikes, and who were those people? The National Cushman Club of America members.
Those funny little bikes are actually Nebraska-made scooters that were built from 1936 to 1965. Sometimes dubbed "Baby Harleys," Cushman scooters reached their height in popularity during the late '50s and early '60s.
The 31st meet for the National Cushman Club of America started Monday in Abilene at Frontier Texas! after a parade. More than 600 registrants, mainly Cushman enthusiasts between 60 and 80 years of age, gathered at the Taylor County Expo Center to reminisce and participate in the festivities. The meet ends on Thursday.
Several Cushman owners and riders came to Sweetwater to tour the Texas State Technical College campus and WASP Museum on Tuesday morning. The caravan, escorted by Sweetwater police, made their way through downtown Sweetwater and down Business 20 to the West Texas campus.