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Troy in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Clayton Brukner

Pioneers of Aviation

 

WACO Aircraft

 
Clayton Brukner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
1. Clayton Brukner Marker
close up of marker, one of three on the site
Inscription.  Clayton Brunkner was one of the founders of the WACo Aircraft Company which relocated to Troy from Medina, Ohio in 1923. WACO quickly became the largest commercial builder of aircraft in the world. The original plant was on Union St, near the train station. Final assembly and flight took place just to the west of this site which is the present location of the Troy Public Park and Troy Memorial Football Stadium. Charles Lindbergh was employd by a WACO distributor to deliver airplanes to buyers around the US. In 1928, in order to keep WACO from moving, the citizens of Troy purchased and gave to the company 115 acres of land. In the early 1940s, WACO produced trainers for the Army as well as producing large troop and cargo carrying gliders used in the June 6, 1944, D-Day landing. WACO employed more than 2,600 workers during so- called “Glider Years” and built nearly 1,100 military gliders. Clayton Brukner purchased and developed the Brukner Nature Center and also donated funds for the Brukner Wing at Stouder Memorial Hospital. Brukner once said “I made my money in Troy and I am going to give all of it back.”
Clayton Brukner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
2. Clayton Brukner Marker
base of monument
Brukner was inducted into the Troy Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997.
 
Erected 2018 by The Acorn Society and the Troy Foundation.
 
Location. 40° 2.591′ N, 84° 12.029′ W. Marker is in Troy, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is at the intersection of North Market Street (Ohio Route 55) and West Staunton Road (County Route 14), on the left when traveling north on North Market Street. marker is in front of the Troy Senior Citizens Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 134 N Market St, Troy OH 45373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert N. Hartzell (here, next to this marker); Nancy Currie- Gregg (here, next to this marker); Rose Hill Cemetery 1849 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Overfield Tavern (approx. mile away); Engine Storage Location (approx. mile away); Miami County War Savings Quota Plaque (approx. 0.3 miles away); Troy's Public Square & Third Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Courthouses and Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Pioneers of Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
3. Pioneers of Aviation Marker
marker as seen from a distance
Clayton Brukner image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
4. Clayton Brukner
Pioneers of Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
5. Pioneers of Aviation Marker
Clayton Brukner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 2, 2019
6. Clayton Brukner Marker
picture of Clayton Brukner, with a WACO plane
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 6, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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