Near Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Wright Brothers
Wilbur and Orville Wright rode a trolley here almost every day - except Sundays - during the 1904 and 1905 flying seasons. It was ten miles from their West Dayton home to this stop in the middle of what was then open farm country. Here, in the privacy of a cow pasture, they would do some of their greatest work - perfecting their flying machine.
The Interurban electric trolley made it possible for the Wright brothers to haul tools, materials, and parts for their flying machines here to Huffman Prairie.
I used to chat with (the Wright brothers) in a friendly way...because I sort of felt sorry for them. They seemed like well-meaning, decent enough young men. Yet there they were, neglecting their business to waste their time day after day on that ridiculous flying-machine. I had an idea that it must worry their father.
Luther Beard, Dayton Journal writer.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Flight (a few steps from this marker); Huffman Prairie Flying Field (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Huffman Prairie Flying Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Airport (about 400 feet away); Flying Field to Air Force Base (about 500 feet away); Trials in an Old Swamp (about 500 feet away); Miss that Tree! (approx. ¼ mile away); Follow the Flight Path (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Last updated on April 28, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.