West Side

West Side (HM1A12)

Location: Dayton, OH 45402 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 45.35', W 84° 12.717'

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

By 1900 Dayton's West Side was a thriving neighborhood of working-class homes and small businesses. Some residents commuted to downtown Dayton by streetcar. Others, like Wilbur and Orville Wright, lived and worked in this community.

The brothers walked between their home on Hawthorne Street, one block to the south, and their print shop in the Hoover Block, the large building on the street corner. At "Wright & Wright, Job Printers" on the second floor, they printed local circulars and published their own papers and newsletter, such as the West Side News and Snap Shots.

In 1892 the Wrights started a new business, a bicycle shop on West Third Street. Over the next 20 years, in various West Side shops, the brothers designed and built bicycles—-and then airplanes. Even after building a grand home in nearby Oakwood, Orville still went to work daily in his West Side laboratory.Paul Laurence Dunbar-Dunbar went on to achieve international fame as a poet, author, lyricist,. and powerful reader of verse. He set one of his novels and several short stories in fictional Ohio towns that resembled Dayton. Dunbar returned to Dayton in 1903 and purchased a comfortable brick home on the West Side. He died there of tuberculosis at age 33.

(Inscription under the photo on the bottom left side)

A scene on West Third Street around 1912
HM NumberHM1A12
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 1:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 738849 N 4404375
Decimal Degrees39.75583333, -84.21195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.35', W 84° 12.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 21.00" N, 84° 12' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16 S Williams St, Dayton OH 45402, US
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