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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bowman Field

 
 
Bowman Field Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Bowman Field Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Kentucky's oldest civil airport was first used in 1919. Army Air Corps Reserve unit established three years later. Double hangars (west) housed 325th Observation Squadron. Terminal building, erected in 1929, was used by airlines through 1947. Concrete runways were installed in 1938. Operated by Louisville and Jefferson County Air Board since 1928.

Land first owned by pioneer Col. John Floyd, later by German Baron von Zedwitz. Confiscated as alien property during World War I. Local businessman and aviation enthusiast Abram H. Bowman founded flying service with Robt. H. Gast on this site in 1920. Property purchased by City of Louisville in 1928 for development as municipal airport.
Presented by Ky. Aviation Association, Inc.

 
Erected 1980 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1676.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceIndustry & Commerce
Bowman Field Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Bowman Field Marker (Side B)
War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 13.4′ N, 85° 39.981′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Taylorsville Road (State Road 155), on the right when traveling west. Marker is in parking lot in front of administration building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2815 Taylorville Road, Louisville KY 40205, 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. Aero Club of Louisville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln & Farmington — 1841 (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Brothers Speed — Joshua and James (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowman Field - East (approx. ¾ mile away); Farmington (approx. ¾ mile away); Rebecca Rosenthal Judah 1866-1932 / National Council of Jewish Women (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bray Place / Scoggan-Jones Horse Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Trough Spring / Trough Spring (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Bowman Field History | Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. From airport website. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Bowman Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
3. Bowman Field Marker
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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