Final Honors

Final Honors (HM2HG)

Location: Dayton, OH 45424 Greene County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 47.642', W 84° 5.312'

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The Wright brothers were the most memorialized of Americans in the 20th century. Of all their countrymen, only Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln have inspired commemorative zeal to match.
Wright biographer Tom Crouch

To perfect a flying machine was nothing short of a miracle. Dayton's two most famous sons were soon hailed throughout the world for making the ancient dream of flight a reality.

After Wilbur Wright died unexpectedly in 1912, prominent Dayton leaders initially thought that Huffman Prairie Flying Field, which you can see from this bluff, would be the best place to build a memorial.

The committee wanted a simple, classic design "thoroughly in keeping with the unassuming modesty of Wilbur and Orville Wright."

But the devastation of a great flood in 1913 postponed efforts to build any monument until 1938. This Wright Memorial fittingly overlooks the place where their greatest work was done.
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HM NumberHM2HG
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Placed ByDayton Aviation Heritage National Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 749286 N 4408953
Decimal Degrees39.79403333, -84.08853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.642', W 84° 5.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 38.52" N, 84° 5' 18.72" W
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Area Code(s)513, 937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Memorial Rd, Dayton OH 45424, US
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