Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Warren G. Grimes / Grimes Field
Warren G. Grimes. Raised in an Ohio orphanage, Warren G. Grimes (1898-1975) ran away after finishing the ninth grade and at age 16 went to work for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. He later became a partner in an electrical business where he was instrumental in designing and developing the first lights for the Ford Tri-Motor airplane. In 1930 Grimes moved to Urbana and founded a small lighting fixture plant, Grimes Manufacturing. The inventor of the familiar red, green, and white navigation lights found on the wing tips and tails of aircraft, Grimes, known as the “Father of the Aircraft Lighting Industry,” also developed other aircraft fixtures, including landing, instrumental, and interior lights. Every American-made airplane flown during World War II was equipped with Grimes lights. Grimes served as mayor of Urbana and chairman of the State of Ohio Aviation Board.
Grimes Field. Warren G. Grimes bought this parcel of land in the late 1930s to build a home on the east side and an airport on the west side. Opening ceremonies were held on August 8, 1943 when Grimes presented Grimes Field, consisting of one hanger
Erected 2005 by Honeywell Lighting and Electronics, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 40° 7.944′ N, 83° 44.937′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at Grimes Field, the Urbana municipal airport.Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1636 N Main Street, Urbana OH 43078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hull's Headquarters (approx. 1.2 miles away); President Lincoln’s Funeral Train in Urbana (approx. 1.2 miles away); War Council of 1812 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 1.6 miles away); Champaign County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Champaign County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (approx. 1.7 miles away); Simon Kenton (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
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