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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Icarus

900 B.C.

 

(Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration Series #1)

 
Icarus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. Icarus Marker
Inscription.
Oh that I had Wings. -Thomas Moore.


Mankind began dreaming of flight long ago in ancient Greece. Greek mythology reveals this dream in the tale of young Icarus. King Minos imprisoned Icarus and his father, Daedalus, on the isle of Crete. The two escaped, but with Minos searching for them they needed to flee. Daedalus, an inventor, fashioned feathered wings that attached to their backs with wax, and the two planned to fly away to Sicily. Daedalus warned Icarus that if he flew too high the sun would melt the wax. But young Icarus couldn't resist the euphoria of flight. He rose higher and higher until the wax melted. He plunged to the sea and died.

In ancient times, flight was so unattainable, so god-like, that anyone who tried to reach the skies, even in myth, inevitably died. But the dream and the quest had begun. Man wanted to fly.
 
Erected by Inventing Flight and Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 46.106′ N, 84° 11.173′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker is in Centennial Park, within Deeds Point MetroPark, off Webster Street, about 600 feet NE of the confluence of the Mad and Great Miami Rivers.
Icarus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
2. Icarus Marker
Looking SSW across Centennial Park, with downtown Dayton in the distance.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Webster Street, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration (a few steps from this marker); Neil Armstrong (a few steps from this marker); Chinese Kites (within shouting distance of this marker); Leonardo da Vinci (within shouting distance of this marker); John Glenn (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgolfier Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright-Patterson AFB (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir George Cayley (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Daedalus & Icarus. (Submitted on March 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Daedalus. (Submitted on March 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Daedalus and Icarus. From Ovid's Metamorphoses - Book VIII (Submitted on March 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
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Icarus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
3. Icarus Marker
Looking SSW across Centennial Park, with Wright Brothers statues in distance above the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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