Summer is coming, and in collaboration and celebration of Historic Preservation Month Larsen’s Bicycle is offering 10% off sunglasses on Wednesday, May 29th, from 10am till 6pm.
Larsen’s Bicycles, owned by Lisa Weamer, is located on Lot 23, Block 3 Worland Original Town Plat. The first new building constructed in Worland after the move across the Bighorn River was built on this lot for the J. W. Thoreau Hardware and Furniture Store. This was reported in the local paper on January 4, 1906. The store was destroyed along with all other buildings on the north side of Big Horn Avenue on November 10, 1907. The current brick store was completed on June 4, 1908 and continued operation as the J. W. Thoreau Hardware and Furniture Store.
James S. Russell and Co. purchased the J. W. Thoreau merchandise and leased the building in March of 1909. The lot and building were sold to Russell in three Sheriff/Court sales between August 31, 1910 and March 13, 1911. Russell was a city councilman and mayor during his time in Worland. Russell retired from the hardware and furniture business in 1946.
The building was used as a Marvin’s Men’s Store throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s. The Russell heirs sold the property to Herbert G. Paris on November 26, 1963. Paris Jewelry Store occupied the building until May 22, 2007 when it was purchased by Lisa Weamer, the current owner/operator of Worland’s Larsen’s Bicycles.