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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

In 1903 William Harley, Art Davidson and Walt Davidson began to tinker in the shed behind the Davidson family home in Milwaukee, producing a three-horsepower, glossy black machine. Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley had met at the Barth Manufacturing Company where they were both employed. The historic core of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company production facility consists of two large buildings built and expanded over a span of nearly 50 years. The original five-story brick building was begun in 1910 as part of the Harley-Davidson Company's first major expansion of its production facilities, reflecting its emergence as a world leader in motorcycle manufacturing.

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Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing
Creator: Washburn, William H. and A.C. Eschweiler
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places
Citation: "Harley-Davidson Motor Company." Wisconsin Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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