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2016.001.m.0004 a-b | Augusta Museum of History

Augusta's First Motorcycle Policemen


Frank Christian


February 1933


As horses were phased out of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, policemen were equipped with much quicker transportation. The motorcycle would prove to be an invaluable law-enforcement tool. Two motorcycles and a sidecar, all made by the Indian Motorcycle Company, were added to the Richmond County Road Patrol that month. The department was provided with practice motorcycles and training by Mr. Ed Watson, local Indian Motorcycle dealer. There were more men than motorcycles at the time, and training accidents did happen. In a short amount of time, however, there would come to be at least eighteen brave Richmond County policemen enforcing the law while riding motorcycles.

Credit Line

Donated by Frank Christian Jr. The son and grand-nephew of the photographers of the Frank Christian Collection.



Object ID

2016.001.m.0004 a-b

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