April 24, 2010

Original Harley-Davidson Factory – What Happened To The Wooden Shed?

Here’s another interesting post from one of my favorite motorcycle blogs – Sex And Harleys. Many of us have heard about this shed, and perhaps even about how it disappeared, but I thought this article was worth reading and sharing here.

So, did you ever wonder what happened to the original “factory” –  a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” crudely scrawled on the door? While there are a number of reproductions and copies of the original wooden shed, the real one is gone.

We hear tell the original wooden shed was carefully taken apart and stored in one of the larger factories. But one day, an enterprising workman at the AMF Harley plant, thinking he was doing something positive collected together and threw out all the old lumber stacked in the corner. And no one realized what he had done until after it was all carted off and disposed of.

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Recreation of the inside of the original Harley "factory" wooden shed

Shown above is a recreation of what people today believe the original Harley-Davidson shed might have looked like when William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson were building their first motorcycle.

Click here to read the original and complete article.

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