Counts Crossroads in Carter County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Aviation Pioneer / Matthew B. Sellers
Born in Baltimore, 1869; of parents who were Kentuckians. He was educated in Germany and France, receiving law degree at Harvard, 1892. Died in 1932. Among patents he received; 1908, airplane-type kite, prototype for later models; 1909, four-wing glider, basis for powered plane; 1911, power plane with retractable wheels; 1914, steering and wheel retraction improvements.
Erected 1969 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1222.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 28, 1908.
Location. 38° 19.104′ N, 83° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82 Grahn Rd, Olive Hill KY 41164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Gov. Fields (approx. 1.7 miles away); Carter County 20th Century War Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Historical Mural by Northeast WIA Youth (approx. 3.1 miles away); Tom T. Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); Beckham County (approx. 3.7 miles away); Saltpeter Cave (approx. 4 miles away); The Caves Of Carter County (approx. 4.1 miles away); Seasonal Tours (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. A Moment In Time - The Biography of Matthew B. Sellers, II, Aviation Pioneer. Amazon.com book listing. 2009 book by Barbara L. Sellers. It has the Look Inside feature showing plenty of photographs. From back cover:
A Moment in Time is the biography of Matthew B. Sellers, II, one of our nation’s first Aviation Pioneers. This book contains one of the most extensive collections of laboratory notes, pictures, correspondence and personal diaries of any aviation pioneer in the United States. See pictures(Submitted on February 10, 2020.)
Barbara states “There is mounting evidence that the Wright Brothers did not have the first powered flight in the United States.” You will read why in a special chapter she has dedicated to other aviation pioneers. “I feel that other aviators did actually fly before Orville and Wilbur. I have spent the last few years extensively researching this topic and my hope is that history books will change and the reader will learn about these other great flyers. They certainly are due recognition for their efforts.”
“Matthew was a fascinating grandfather that I never knew, as he died before I was born. I feel a special connection to him now after finishing this book. He was a genius. He was inventing things every day. He was the first to prove the theory of ‘The Lift and Drift of Arched Surfaces’ and holds the patent on this as well.”
2. Aviation Pioneer Matthew B. Sellers Documentary — 4 minute trailer.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 220 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 31, 2020. Photos: 1. submitted on February 10, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on January 10, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.