Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ben T. Epps
Georgia's Pioneer Aviator
— 1888-1937 —
Epps began operation of an airport at this location in 1917, and operated a flying service for the next 20 years. In 1937, he died of injuries here after engine failure and the crash of his light biplane on take-off.
Erected 1987 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 029-16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 33° 57.111′ N, 83° 19.429′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on Ben Epps Drive, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located in front of the passenger terminal at the Athens Ben Epps Airport. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 Ben Epps Drive, Athens GA 30605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cook & Brother Armory Building (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cook & Brother Confederate Armory (approx. 2˝ miles away); Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lt. Col. Jefferson M. Lamar, C.S.A. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Oconee Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); United States Navy Pre-Flight School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Athens Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Olympic Games in Athens (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . Entry on Epps in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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