Nebo in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The First U.S. Transcontinental Flight
Rodgers’ aircraft was a Wright EX biplane named the “Vin Fiz” after a popular soft drink of the day. During the flight which followed the railroad coast to coast, Rodgers was accompanied by a special train with mechanics and spare parts, (and his wife).
The appearance of the “Vin Fiz”, the first airplane that most people had ever seen brought great excitement to the village of Nebo, Illinois that October morning, 1911.
Location. 39° 26.583′ N, 90° 46.867′ W. Marker is in Nebo, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of Pittsfield Road and Vin Fiz Road, on the left when traveling south on Pittsfield Road. Near the corner/crossroads, on the bank of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nebo IL 62355, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of First Building in Pleasant Hill (approx. 4.9 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 10.3 miles away); Oldest Building in Pike County (approx. 11.2 miles away); Atlas (approx. 11.2 miles away); Charles Lame House (approx. 11.3 miles away); Colonel William Ross House (approx. 11.3 miles away); Michael J. Noyes House (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Printer's Devil (approx. 11.4 miles away).
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space •
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. 2. submitted on January 15, 2019. 3. submitted on January 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.