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Charles Toliver and his Airship

 
 
Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Johnson, June 29, 2022
1. Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker
Inscription.  The Airship San Diego, later named Toliver 1, is a story of what might have been, if its inventor had not been overtaken by greed. Charles H. Toliver was a successful lawyer and part-time tinkerer, keen to cash in on the rapidly building public interest in flying machines, airships in particular. He arrived in San Diego in 1910, broadcasting his intention to mimic Count Von Zeppelin by creating a passenger-carrying dirigible, paid for by stock sales to eager local citizens.
In the ravine at 31st Street, between C and B, Toliver constructed his 250 foot long airship. It was planned to carry 48 passengers in a spacious enclosed cabin, driven at speeds up to 65 mph. For nearly two years, the inventor and his sausage-shaped contraption held the public interest, although slow progress provoked the ire of his many investors. After two failed flights, it was clear that the large bag of highly flammable hydrogen gas was more a public danger than a viable flying machine; the city ordered Toliver to dismantle his dirigible. A storm accomplished the task, scattering debris across the neighborhood and ending San Diego's first
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venture into airship flight. San Diego's fascination with aviation was only just beginning - it holds the distinction of being one of the few cities visited by all four of the U.S. Navy's enormous airships of the 1020s and 1930s.
 
Erected 2016 by John P. Squibob Chapter 1853-E Clampus Vitas, San Diego Air & Space Museum and San Diego Unified School District.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 32° 43.017′ N, 117° 7.383′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of C Street and 33rd Street on C Street. Golden Hill Elementary School is nearby. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1240 33rd Street, San Diego CA 92102, 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. Zoro Gardens Nudist Colony (approx. 1.8 miles away); Casa del Prado (approx. 1.8 miles away); The History of the Japanese Friendship Garden (approx. 1.8 miles away); Laguna de Las Flores (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Botanical Building (approx. 1.8 miles away); Balboa Park Carousel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Spreckels Organ and Pavilion
Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Johnson, June 29, 2022
2. Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker
(approx. 1.9 miles away); First Declaration of Human Rights by Cyrus the Great (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
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Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Johnson, June 29, 2022
3. Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker
Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Johnson, June 29, 2022
4. Charles Toliver and his Airship Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2022, by Jay Johnson of Chula Vista, California. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Jay Johnson of Chula Vista, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2022, by Jay Johnson of Chula Vista, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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