Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Into the World of Aviation
The American aviation industry had its beginnings in the Curtiss factory once located on this site.
On this hillside stood the family home where Glenn and Lena Curtiss moved after their marriage in 1898. Curtiss built a small factory behind the home in 1904 for his growing bicycle and motorcycle business.
Over the next several years Curtiss shifted his focus to aviation. He designed and built lightweight engines for dirigibles and developed experimental airplanes, collaborating with aviation pioneers Thomas Baldwin and Alexander Graham Bell, who moved their aerial operations to Hammondsport in order to work with Curtiss.
Glenn soon made good on the commercial potential of his venture into flight. In 1909 Curtiss began producing powered aircraft for sale. What started as a small motorcycle factory soon became a center of the American aviation industry. The number of workers employed at this site grew along with Curtiss's company, reaching nearly 3000 in 1918.
The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
Beginning as a self-taught bicycle mechanic, Curtiss The Curtiss Heritage Trail celebrates
The Curtiss Heritage Trail celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of Hammondsport’s most famous native son.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 42° 24.48′ N, 77° 13.644′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is at the intersection of Shethar Street and Pulteney Street, on the left when traveling west on Shethar Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hammondsport NY 14840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mallory Mill (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pulteney Square (approx. ¼ mile away); 1900 - 1904 Two Wheels on the Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Urbana Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Champlin House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vertical Flight Heritage Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1906 - 1916 Floating and Flying (approx. 0.4 miles away); B&H R.R. Depot (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
Also see . . .
1. Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 28, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Glenn Curtiss (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 28, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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