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Near Arcadia in Manistee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home

 
 
Harriet Quimby Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
1. Harriet Quimby Marker (Side A)
Inscription.

(Side A)
Harriet Quimby
Early aviatrix Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), was inspired to learn to fly when she covered the October 1910 Belmont Park international aviation meet for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly newspaper in New York. She authored drama reviews, travel pieces and eventually wrote about her own adventures as a pilot. On August 1, 1911, Quimby received the first aviation license granted to an American woman. With this success came immense popularity. On April 16, 1912, seeking additional recognition, she became the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel. Her achievement was overshadowed in the press, however, by reports of the sinking of Titanic. On July 1, 1912, Quimby and a passenger died when her plane plunged into Dorchester Bay during a meet at Squantam, Massachusetts.

(Side B)
Harriet Quimby Childhood Home
Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), the first American woman to receive a pilot's license, lived in this house as a child and attended the nearby school. Her parents, William and Ursula Cook Quimby, settled in Bear Lake, present-day Arcadia Township, in 1867 and acquired this property in 1874. Ursula produced and sold patent medicines like "Quimby's Liver Invigorator," which was advertised with testimonials from satisfied customers in The Manistee Daily News.

Harriet Quimby Childhood Home Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
2. Harriet Quimby Childhood Home Marker (Side B)
Between 1887 and 1890 Harriet and her parents moved to Arroyo Grande, California, which Harriet claimed as her birthplace during interviews later in her life. By 1910 the Quimby's [sic] were living in San Francisco where Harriet embarked on a career as a drama critic.
 
Erected 1999 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0662.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 44° 27.463′ N, 86° 12.125′ W. Marker is near Arcadia, Michigan, in Manistee County. Marker is on Erdman Road 0.9 miles north of Steffens Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14789 Erdman Road, Arcadia MI 49613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Restoring Arcadia Marsh and Fish Passage within Bowens Creek (approx. 2.5 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Paul P. Harris (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Portage Lake Region (approx. 6.5 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 6.5 miles away); Marquette's Death
Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
3. Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home Marker
Looking east toward home ruins
(approx. 12.2 miles away); Benzonia College (approx. 12.2 miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 12.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arcadia.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker near her place of birth in Coldwater, Michigan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harriet Quimby at National Aviation Hall of Fame. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) at American Experience. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Harriet Quimby: An Interview With Her Biographer, Giacinta Bradley Koontz. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Harriet Quimby at Centennial of Flight. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. "America's First Lady of the Air" at Nova. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. First Woman to Fly the English Channel, 1912. (Submitted on September 4, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentMan-Made Features
 
Harriet Quimby Childhood Home image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
4. Harriet Quimby Childhood Home
The home is marked "No Trespassing" - do not enter the ruins
Harriet Quimby image. Click for full size.
By Leslie Jones, circa 1912
5. Harriet Quimby
Public domain
Arcadia City Limits Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
6. Arcadia City Limits Sign
On 6th Street (M-22), at north end of town
Arcadia City Limits Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
7. Arcadia City Limits Sign
On 6th Street (M-22), at north end of town, looking south. An identical marker is at the south city limits.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016.
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