Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Big Kill Devil Hill
Wright Brothers National Memorial
When the Wright brothers were here, Big Kill Devil Hill—the hill in front of you—was a massive sand dune. Thousands of times, the brothers trekked up this and three nearby dunes to conduct glider experiments.
Climbing the hill was strenuous. Deep, soft sand caused every step up the slope to slip part-way back down. The Wrights were also burdened with carrying their heavy gliders up the hill for each flight. Their tireless efforts paid off as they mastered their flying skills and refined their flight controls.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 36° 0.991′ N, 75° 40.097′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from Wright Memorial west of North Croatan Highway (U.S. 158), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located within the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park, overlooking Big Kill Devil Hill, near the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Experiments (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright Brothers National Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1901 Glider (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1902 Glider (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1903 Flyer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monument to the Impossible (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pitch, Roll and Yaw (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Big Kill Devil Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
Also see . . .
1. History’s first ground crew. Orville and Wilbur Wright would conquer the air with ingenuity, determination, and patience. But they couldn’t have done it without the men of the Kitty Hawk Life Saving Station – history’s first ground crew. (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Wright Brothers, Coast Guard make history together. They were called Surfmen back then and lived hard by the Atlantic. Normally, they patrolled the four miles between their Kill-Devil Hills lifesaving station and the one in Kitty Hawk. But their desolate and sometimes lonely existence all changed in 1901 when two brothers arrived from Ohio. Wilbur and Orville Wright (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Coast Guard aid Wright brothers in first flight.
A casual friendship grew between the surfmen and the Wright brothers. The surfmen, fascinated with the brothers’ experiments in flight, would often volunteer by delivering the mail, assist in grocery shopping and help carry and assemble pieces of the gilders and flyers the brothers constructed and tested. Eventually, with Capt. Ward’s permission, the brothers would fly a simple red flag from their base-camp when they needed volunteer assistance. (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Building the Memorial. The Wright Brothers Memorial was designed by Rodgers and Poor, a New York City architectural firm; the design was officially selected on February 14, 1930. Prior to the memorial's construction, the War Department selected Captain William H. Kindervater of the Quartermaster Corps to prepare the site for construction and to manage the area landscaping. To secure the sandy foundation, Captain Kindervater selected bermuda grass to be planted on Kill Devil Hill and the surrounding (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.