“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Larger Than Life

The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail


—1878-1930 —

Larger Than Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 27, 2013
1. Larger Than Life Marker
This modest cemetery is the final resting place of Hammondsport native Glenn Hammond Curtiss, an American hero.
Glenn Curtiss was a man who liked to go fast. His personal quest for speed began with building and racing bicycles and motorcycles. He won dozens of competitions, and in 1907 he set a world land speed record of 136 miles per hour. Yet Curtiss would not remain earthbound. He was preparing to challenge gravity itself.
In 1908 Glenn Curtiss became one of the first people in America to build and fly a powered aircraft. Less than half a mile from here, Curtis conducted the first publicly announced and witnessed flight of an airplane in the United States. Glenn went on to become the dominant figure in the early American aviation industry. He was responsible for many aviation inventions and innovations, including the flying boat, which helped to launch naval aviation. Quite a small town boy from upstate New York!

The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
Beginning as a self-taught bicycle mechanic, Glenn Curtiss went on to achieve national prominence as a pioneer aviator, the founder of the American aircraft industry, and the father of U.S. Naval Aviation. The Curtiss Heritage Trail celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of Hammondsport's most famous native son.
<i>Larger Than Life</i> Marker, Pleasant Valley Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 27, 2013
2. Larger Than Life Marker, Pleasant Valley Cemetery

Erected 2011 by The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.
Location. 42° 23.604′ N, 77° 15.4′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is at the intersection of South Valley Road and Cemetary Road, on the right when traveling east on South Valley Road. Touch for map. The marker is at the entrance to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Hammondsport NY 14840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glenn Hammond Curtiss (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Astonishing Sight (approx. half a mile away); Cradle of Aviation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Glenn H. Curtiss (approx. 1.3 miles away); Two Wheels on the Ground (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gallows Hill (approx. 4˝ miles away); Pulteney Square (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pioneer Burial Ground (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
More about this marker. The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail, which marks historic sites in and around Hammondsport, was completed in 2011. According to a news release from the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which sponsored the two-year project, the trail features informational plaques at sites of historical significance, all
Glenn Curtiss, 1909 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Glenn Curtiss, 1909
relating to the accomplishments of Curtiss, the Hammondsport native and aviation pioneer.
Also see . . .
1. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, New York. (Submitted on November 6, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. The Glenn Curtiss burial plot on Find A (Submitted on November 7, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Glen Curtiss
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 353 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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