Near Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Wright brothers were the most memorialized of Americans in the 20th century. Of all their countrymen, only Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln have inspired commemorative zeal to match.
Wright biographer Tom Crouch
To perfect a flying machine was nothing short of a miracle. Dayton's two most famous sons were soon hailed throughout the world for making the ancient dream of flight a reality.
After Wilbur Wright died unexpectedly in 1912, prominent Dayton leaders initially thought that Huffman Prairie Flying Field, which you can see from this bluff, would be the best place to build a memorial.
The committee wanted a simple, classic design "thoroughly in keeping with the unassuming modesty of Wilbur and Orville Wright."
But the devastation of a great flood in 1913 postponed efforts to build any monument until 1938. This Wright Memorial fittingly overlooks the place where their greatest work was done.
Erected by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 39° 47.642′ N, 84° 5.312′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Memorial Road 0.2 miles west of Kauffman Road, on the right when traveling west. The memorial center is off Kauffman Avenue, off South Broad Street (CR 444). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2261 Memorial Rd, Dayton OH 45433, 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. In Commemoration of the Courage, Perseverance and Achievement of Wilbur and Orville Wright (within shouting distance of this marker); Biplanes to Rocket Science (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cow Pasture to Flight School (about 400 feet away); In Case of Floods ... (about 400 feet away); Huffman Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wright Field (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mormon Migration, Kirkland Camp / Facts About Kirkland Camp (approx. one mile away); Lockheed AC-130A (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial view of the Monument. On the right is a photo from the dedication. "On August 19, 1940, Daytonians joined some of the Wrights' earliest student flyers, including General Hap Arnold (right), then the commander of the Army Air Corps, to dedicate this monument. It was Orville Wright's (second from right) 69th birthday."
On the lower left is a photo of "Civilian Conservation Corps crews helped the Miami Conservancy District build this memorial between 1938 and 1940. The Conservancy gave the memorial to the Air Force in 1978 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of powered flight."
Also see . . . Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park. Includes several locations within the Dayton area (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,123 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on April 27, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.