A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours.

Evel Knievel

Robert Craig Knievel (/kˈniːvəl/; October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps.

Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.

Early life

Knievel was born on October 17, 1938, in Butte, Montana, the first of two children of Robert E. and Ann Marie Keough Knievel. His surname is of German origin; his paternal great-great-grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Germany. His mother was of Irish ancestry. Robert and Ann divorced in 1940, after the 1939 birth of their second child, N… Continue Reading (32 minute read)

6 thoughts on “A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours.”

  1. Thedrunner2

    “Bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world.”

    Lance Murdoch

  2. zuzg

    >He was promoted to surface duty, where he drove a large earth mover. Knievel was fired when he made the earth mover do a motorcycle-type wheelie and drove it into Butte’s main power line, leaving the city without electricity for several hours

    I didn’t even know that earth mover are able to do a wheelie… I’m very impressed

  3. Azimn

    My sister in law had to deny him insurance coverage over the phone, he was like why, and she was like, dude your Evel Kinevel… he got really mad but still didn’t get insured.

  4. crowan83

    Did the Pekin Noodle House lose power?

  5. ADogNamedPeter

    Added to the motorcycle hall of fame. Died at age 69. A legend all the way through.

  6. Game_of_Jobrones

    I remember hearing an interview with Kinevel in the 90s, and the interviewer asked him if he was scared to do the Snake River Canyon jump.

    “Scared? Do you know who the hell I am?”

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