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First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784)

 
 
First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker
Inscription. On June 17, 1784, the first documented balloon ascension in America took place in a field near the town of Bladensburg. The man responsible for this remarkable event was an enterprising Prince George's County innkeeper and lawyer named Peter Carnes. Carnes conducted the balloon ascension as a public exhibition. It was originally intended to be a tethered, manned ascent, but while the balloon was being brought closer to town for the exhibition, a gust of wind blew the passenger basket against a fence and damaged it severely. Because of this mishap, it was unsafe for anyone to go aloft with the balloon, so a tethered, unmanned balloon ascent took place instead. However, one week later Carnes conducted another public exhibition of his balloon. This time the location was Baltimore, and the tethered balloon was sent aloft with a 13 year-old boy as a passenger.
 
Location. 38° 56.131′ N, 76° 56.332′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and 46th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Bladensburg Waterfront Park, .2 miles south of the entrance at this intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Map Showing Location of Balloon Ascent image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
2. Map Showing Location of Balloon Ascent
are within walking distance of this marker. Clearing the Way to Washington (a few steps from this marker); Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814) (within shouting distance of this marker); Dinosaur Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Bladensburg (1814) (within shouting distance of this marker); Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Ropemaking (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
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First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker
First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
4. First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) Marker
Bladensburg Balloon Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
5. Bladensburg Balloon Park
The park is located north of the waterfront park, along Baltimore Avenue (US Alternate Highway 1).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,205 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on November 18, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1. submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 8, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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