“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

West Side

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

West Side Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. West Side Marker
Inscription. By 1900 Daytonís West Side was a thriving neighborhood of working-class homes and small businesses. Some residents commuted to downtown Dayton by streetcar. Others, like Wilbur and Orville Wright, lived and worked in this community.

The brothers walked between their home on Hawthorne Street, one block to the south, and their print shop in the Hoover Block, the large building on the street corner. At “Wright & Wright, Job Printers” on the second floor, they printed local circulars and published their own papers and newsletter, such as the West Side News and Snap Shots.

In 1892 the Wrights started a new business, a bicycle shop on West Third Street. Over the next 20 years, in various West Side shops, the brothers designed and built bicycles---and then airplanes. Even after building a grand home in nearby Oakwood, Orville still went to work daily in his West Side laboratory. Paul Laurence Dunbar-Dunbar went on to achieve international fame as a poet, author, lyricist,. and powerful reader of verse. He set one of his novels and several short stories in fictional Ohio towns that resembled Dayton. Dunbar returned to Dayton in 1903 and purchased a comfortable brick home on the West Side. He died there of tuberculosis at age 33.

(Inscription under the photo on the bottom left side)

West Side Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. West Side Marker
A scene on West Third Street around 1912
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 45.35′ N, 84° 12.717′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Williams Street south of West 3rd Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheels to Wings (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserved and Enshrined (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Neighborhood Geniuses (about 500 feet away); We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (about 500 feet away); Wright Brothers Home Base (about 500 feet away); 31 Years at the Lab (about 500 feet away); The Professor of the Propeller (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . .  Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. (Submitted on August 13, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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