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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
First Municipal Airport in the United States
Arizona Historic Site
 
Front - First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dirk J. Harris, May 27, 2007
1. Front - First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
 
Inscription.
[Marker Front:]
This ground was the location
of the
First Municipal Airport
in the
United States
The Tucson City Council approved the
financing for the airport, July 21, 1919
and
the City of Tucson in cooperation
with the Tucson Chamber of Commerce
established and constructed
the airport.
The first plane landed Nov. 20, 1919
Swede Myerhofer, Pilot

[Marker Rear:]
Upon receipt of an official letter from Brig. Gen. “Billy” Mitchell of the U.S. Air Service urging the City of Tucson to provide a municipal airport. Mayor O.C. Parker and Allen B. Jaynes, President of the Chamber of Commerce, appointed a joint committee consisting of the following members:
City of Tuscon
O. C. Parker ∙ R. E. Fishburn ∙ H. S. Corbett ∙ Stanley Kitt ∙ Folsom Moore
Chamber of Commerce
Allen B. Jaynes ∙ Orville S. McPherson ∙ Monte Mansfield ∙ Kirke Moore ∙ E. J. Anderson

The committee purchased this 84 acre site from L. H. Manning for $30 an acre. A $5,000 loan from the Consolidated National Bank paid for the property and all necessary improvements and airport facilities.
 
Location.
 
Rear - First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, January 1, 2010
2. Rear - First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
 
32° 9.907′ N, 110° 58.063′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is at the intersection of South 6th Avenue and West Oklahoma Street, on the right when traveling north on South 6th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in front of the entrance to the Rodeo Grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4823 South 6th Avenue, Tucson AZ 85714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Korean War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); These Immortal Chaplains (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tucsonans Killed in Action (approx. 2.3 miles away); One Story from the Barrio Viejo (approx. 3.3 miles away); El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza (approx. 3.3 miles away); Temple Emanu-El (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sentinel Peak (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Sentinel Peak (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
 
Regarding First Municipal Airport in the United States. Tucson Municipal Flying Field is now the site of the Pima County Fairgrounds & Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
 
Also see . . .  Tucson Municipal Flying Field, "The History of Aviation in Tucson". (Submitted on June 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, January 1, 2010
3. First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
Front of Marker
 
 
First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, January 1, 2010
4. First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
Rear of Marker
 
 
First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
5. First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
Rear of Marker with Rodeo Grandstands in background.
 
 
First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
6. First Municipal Airport in the United States Marker
View from S 6th Ave. looking towards Marker and Rodeo Grounds.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2008, by Dirk J. Harris of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,734 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 20, 2008, by Dirk J. Harris of Tucson, Arizona.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 1, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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