Five Points in Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wheels to Wings
In the spring of 1895, Wilbur and Orville Wright moved their printing and bicycle shops under one roof in The Wright Cycle Company building you see in front of you. Here the brothers concentrated on designing and building their own custom make of bicycles. They devised a gas engine to power their tools, mastered welding, built chain drives, brakes, and hubs - all crucial skills used to build the world's first airplanes.
The Wright Cycle Company proved profitable, enabling the brothers, during the quiet winter months, to spend more time doing what they did best - invent. By the time the Wrights moved to a larger shop in 1897, they already had an awakening interest in human flight.
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Wilbur working the lathe at The Wright Cycle Company in 1897.
An original Wright Van Cleve rigged with a replica testing device. The Wrights used bicycles to experiment with motion, steering, and balance.
has been placed on the
National Register of
by the United States
Wright Cycle Company
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This building possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Exploration • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 39° 45.339′ N, 84° 12.703′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. It is in Five Points. Marker is on Williams Street south of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker and building are part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 South Williams Street, 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. Birthplace of Aviation (here, next to this marker); West Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserved and Enshrined (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Neighborhood Geniuses We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (about 400 feet away); Wright Brothers Home Base (about 400 feet away); 31 Years at the Lab (about 600 feet away); The Professor of the Propeller (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . .
1. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dayton, Ohio Aviation Trail. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Aviation Dayton: Wright Cycle Company Complex. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Wright Brothers Cycle Company at Touring Ohio. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.