Will B. Rolling.

30-Foot-Tall Old Fashioned Bicyclist

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Port Byron, Illinois

A 30-ft. tall statue of an old-timey bicyclist (on a Penny Farthing) stands along the Mississippi River, in downtown Port Byron. Installed in 2013, the fiberglass sculpture was manufactured by F.A.S.T. and is cast from the same mold as the giant bicyclist, "Ben Bikin'," in Sparta, Wisconsin. Port Byron's giant is named Will B. Rolling.

The $60,000 statue was funded and donated by Port Byron's former mayor, who hopes to start a yearly bike ride event that will span the distance between Port Byron and Sparta.

Port Byron is the eastern side of an annual tug-of-war, Tug Fest, by teams on both shores of the Mississippi River.

30-Foot-Tall Old Fashioned Bicyclist

S. Main St., Port Byron, IL
Downtown. A block west of Hwy 84, on the Mississippi River side of S. Main St., just south of Cherry St.
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