Near Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission
The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-29.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 39° 48.435′ N, 84° 3.802′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Marl Road and Symmes RoadTouch 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. A different marker also named Huffman Prairie Flying Field (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Airport (within shouting distance of this marker); Commuter Flyers (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Flight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flying Field to Air Force Base (about 300 feet away); Trials in an Old Swamp (about 300 feet away); Miss that Tree! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Follow the Flight Path (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. Orville Wright first came to this field, not to fly, but to sketch wildflowers. Orville's 9th-grade science teacher, William Werthner, regularly brought Central High School students to Torrence Huffman's property to study the unusual plants found here.
When the Wright brothers sought a place for their next flying trials, they remembered banker Huffman's pasture. A new electric trolley line would make it easy for them to reach this relatively isolated place from their workshop downtown. Mr. Huffman let them use the field free of charge — as long as they did not disturb his cows and horses.
More than a dozen interpretive markers offer additional information along a 30 minute walk around the flying field.
Also see . . . Huffman Prairie Flying Field. (Submitted on April 22, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,266 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on May 2, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 23, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 8, 9. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.