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Near Byesville in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wreck of the Shenandoah

 
 
Wreck of the Shenandoah Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 23, 2008
1. Wreck of the Shenandoah Marker
Inscription. “Wind increasing in volume. Get no chance to....” These were the last words from the doomed Navy airship Shenandoah, caught in a violent storm and crashing 7 miles southwest of this spot near Ava at dawn, September 3, 1925. Fourteen of its crew were killed. While souvenir hunters stripped the wreckage, a nation questioned the value of huge, rigid dirigibles, the last crashing in 1935. Smaller blimps replaced the dirigible as America's lighter-than-air sentinels of the sky.
 
Erected 1969 by The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 30-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.461′ N, 81° 31.937′ W. Marker is near Byesville, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is on Interstate 77, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of both the Ohio Department of Transportation rest areas near Byesville. Marker is in this post office area: Byesville OH 43723, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wreck of the Shenandoah (approx. 2.4 miles away); Peacock Road
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 13, 2008
2. Wreck of the Shenandoah Marker
Rest Area buildings in background.
(approx. 6.2 miles away); Dr. Charles E. Jefferson (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Scottish Rite in Ohio (approx. 6.5 miles away); George R. Tingle (approx. 6.5 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); Guernsey County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker number reads 1-1 but convention is now by county alphabetically, then chronologically by date of placement. Guernsey County is the thirtieth in alphabetical order, hence is actually 30-1.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This marker has additional photographs of the wreck.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Shenandoah. Navy Historical Center page discussing the airship. (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Shenandoah Airship Disaster. The site became somewhat a tourist attraction over the years. "A Zeppelin crash site, like an elephant execution site, is something worth visiting, and the folks in Noble County
USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) image. Click for full size.
3. USS Shenandoah (ZR-1)
Flying in the vicinity of New York City, circa 1923.

(From the U.S. Naval Historical Center, Photo #: NH 51492)
have provided several locations where the modern traveler can ponder the calamity-prone sky whales of yesteryear." (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Crash of the Shenandoah. The airship started her ill-fated flight from the same Lakehurst, New Jersey airfield the German airship Hindenburg crashed on. (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. USS Shenandoah's Last Flight. (Submitted on November 25, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceMilitary
 
Wreck of the Shenandoah image. Click for full size.
4. Wreck of the Shenandoah
Wreckage of the airship surrounded by cars, recovery crews, and onlookers.

(U.S. Naval Historical Center, Photo #: NH 98997)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,565 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on , by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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