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Mt. Pulaski in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bi-Plane - Train Race 1910

 
 
Bi-Plane - - Train Race 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
1. Bi-Plane - - Train Race 1910 Marker
Inscription. The historic race between a Wright Brothers bi-plane (2 wings) and an Illinois Central Steam train took place September 29, 1910 from Washington Park in Chicago to the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Wilbur Wright was a passenger on the train. Walter R. Brookins piloted the bi-plane. The win established the first airline route in Illinois and won the $10,000 prize offered by the 'Record Herald' newspaper. Two World records were set at this landing - - sustained flight of 88 miles plus the record for long distance flight of 169 miles. The bi-plane averaged 33 MPH at the height of 1,000 ft., despite losing 1 wheel at Mt. Pulaski. The open field marking the second refueling of the epoch making flight was owned by F. W. Obermiller.
 
Erected 1984 by City of Mt. Pulaski and Logan County Tourism Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 0.245′ N, 89° 17.133′ W. Marker is in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of South Illinois Street and East Scroggin Avenue, on the left when traveling north on South Illinois Street. Click for map. From downtown Mt. Pulaski - Go South on
Looking North - - Railroad Tracks Yet Exist image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
2. Looking North - - Railroad Tracks Yet Exist
South Washington Street to McDonald Street. Cross over the railroad tracks. Marker is on Right just over the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pulaski IL 62548, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mt. Pulaski Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln's Law Practice (approx. 0.3 miles away); Circuit Court Stop (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 10 miles away but has been reported missing); This Lot was Owned by Abraham Lincoln (approx. 10.6 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 10.6 miles away); Samuel C. Parks (approx. 10.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Plane Beats Train". (Courtesy: Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society) gives story, photos, and copy of newspaper article that tells the story in exciting detail. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Eyewitness Story. (Courtesy: Genealogy Sleuth) The grand-daughter, Cheryl Rothwell retells the eyewitness story of the events of September
Full View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
3. Full View of Marker
Two items strike me about this location:
1. The Marker seems to be on private property - and - is lovingly well kept, and
2. In all my picture taking this is the first time I was able to capture the American Flag at full extension by the wind. (This must be a blessed place.)
29, 1910 great "Plane Train Race" at Mt. Pulaski as seen (a photo included) by grand-mother, Ethel Ryan Downing. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,466 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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