Monument to the Impossible

Monument to the Impossible (HM68L)

Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Dare County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 0.873', W 75° 40.226'

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The Best Design

Design competition among 35 entrants was won by Rogers and Poor, a New York Architectural firm.

The 60-foot tower, similar to those used to mark courses in air races, embellished with wings on its side and a five-point star serving as the base, was to symbolize man's conquest of the air.

No Simple Task

Designed with paper and pencil, it became an entirely different matter to carve 80 tons of solid granite. Using hand and pneumatic tools, the Mount Airy granite was transformed into surgically precise multifaceted blocks. Assembled, they formed the Wright Memorial at the final cost of over $285,000.

This memorial to the Wright Brothers serves to inspire people who believe and, by believing, accomplish the impossible.
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HM NumberHM68L
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:24pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 439586 N 3985770
Decimal Degrees36.01455000, -75.67043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 0.873', W 75° 40.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 0' 52.38" N, 75° 40' 13.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-106 Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, US
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