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Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Big Kill Devil Hill

26 Acres of Shifting Sand

 
 
Big Kill Devil Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
1. Big Kill Devil Hill Marker
Inscription. Before construction of the memorial could begin, it would be necessary to stabilize the dune from which the Wright Brothers conducted their glider experiments. Twenty-five years of steady winds had moved Big Kill Devil Hill 450 feet southwest of its 1903 location. The U.S. Army Engineers, using exotic and native grasses and a covering of wood mold, succeeded in stabilizing the "shifting" dune. The Hill stands still now - supporting a monument to man's greatest dream.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
Location. 36° 0.873′ N, 75° 40.226′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Click for map. Marker is in the Wright Brothers National Memorial, on the driving tour that circles the monument. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument to the Impossible (here, next to this marker); Pitch, Roll and Yaw (here, next to this marker); Wright Brothers National Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Experiments (approx. 0.2 miles
Big Kill Devil Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
2. Big Kill Devil Hill Marker
Marker is on the left, almost facing the monument.
away); 12 Seconds that Changed the World (approx. mile away); A hospitable people... (approx. mile away); The Conquest of the Air (approx. mile away); The 1901 Glider (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,740 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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