Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Flight in Georgia
Site of Ben Epps’ Garage
Georgia’s pioneer aviator, Benjamin Thomas Epps, was born in Oconee County in 1888. He opened Athens’ first automobile repair garage at this location on East Washington Street in 1907. That same year, nineteen-year-old Epps designed and built his first airplane here – a monoplane with an upright buggy seat, bicycle wheels, and a 35-foot wingspan powered by a fifteen-horsepower French Anzani engine. Its successful flight earned him recognition as the father of Georgia aviation. Epps tested his aircraft and operated a flying service at what is now Athens-Ben Epps Airport. He died of injuries suffered in a plane crash in 1937 at the age of forty-nine.
Erected 2007 by Georgia Historical Society, Athens-Clarke County Government Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Epps Cousins Club. (Marker Number 29-5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.533′ N, 83° 22.617′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on E. Washington Street 0 miles east of North Lumpkin Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 E. Washington Street, Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Dr. Moses Waddel (about 500 feet away); The Stoneman Raid (about 600 feet away); Clarke County Confederate Monument (about 600 feet away); University of Georgia (about 700 feet away); The Red and Black (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker about Ben Epps.
Also see . . . Ben Epps (1888-1937). A biography hosted by the New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
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