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Orville's Last Workshop

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. Orville's Last Workshop Marker
Inscription.  “For 30 years Orville Wright’s place of business was the plain brick building (here) on North Broadway. Visiting reporters found it quite ordinary. There was a reception area for Miss Beck (his secretary); an inner office with Orville’s desk, files, and drawing table; and a large work area that ran across the back…with the exception of a large wind tunnel…there was little to distinguish it from any other well-equipped machine shop.

Still, it was difficult to believe that the inventor of the airplane was not at work in his lab on some project that would eventually yield wonders…One morning while puttering around the shop (Orville) noticed two small boys pecking through the window. One boy asked…what in the world Orville was doing. The other replied with a note of derision in his voice:

‘Why, he’s inventing!’’

Tom Crouch, Wright brothers biographer.

This 1930’s photo shows the front of the one-story workshop built by Orville Wright in 1916 on a lot he and Wilbur bought in 1909. Here, in the years following Wilbur’s death, Orville perfected the split-wing flap and the automatic stabilizer. In 1976, Standard
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
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Oil of Ohio knocked down the former Wright Aeronautical Laboratory to use the property to sell gasoline—a gas station that was never built.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 39° 45.367′ N, 84° 12.85′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Broadway Street north of West 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Professor of the Propeller (here, next to this marker); 31 Years at the Lab (within shouting distance of this marker); West Side (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wheels to Wings (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of Aviation (about 700 feet away); Preserved and Enshrined (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Neighborhood Geniuses (approx. 0.2 miles away); We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
3. Orville's Last Workshop Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on May 23, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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