The Harley-Davidson Tradition
York, Pennsylvania is home to many wonderful murals scattered around the city. One, in particular, caught my eye. The mural is called The Harley-Davidson Tradition and was painted by Michael Svob in 1996.
As you can imagine any public art related to motorcycling tugs at my heartstrings. After discovering it somewhere on the internet, I immediately pinned the location of the mural on to my huge Google map of things to see in hopes that one day I would do just that.
York has been home to a Harley-Davidson plant since 1973. The plant offers tours on which visitors can get a glimpse of the assembly and manufacturing process.
In 1973, Harley-Davidson moved its final assembly plant to the York area, transforming a factory that had made bombs and bowling balls into the birthing room for an American icon. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton visited the plant while they were in office, as do tens of thousands of tourists each year. Many of them also make a pilgrimage to the Harley mural.History in the Painting: The Murals of York Bring 250 Years of American Stories to Colorful Life
If you’d like to visit The Harley-Davidson Tradition mural, this Google Map link will help you find your way: