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Rothschild in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine

 
 
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By Keith L, June 8, 2008
1. Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker
Inscription. On June 23, 1911, near this location, Wausau native John Schwister became a pio­neer of Wisconsin aviation. Research indicates that on this date Schwister flew the state's first home-built airplane capable of sustained, powered flight. Constructed of wooden ribs covered with light cotton cloth and powered by an early-model aircraft engine, Schwister's biplane flew for several hundred feet at a maximum alti­tude of twenty feet. Calling his plane the Minnesota-Badger, Schwister began the design and construction of his "flying machine" in St. Paul, Minnesota, but finished it in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Initially, Schwister flight-tested his biplane as a glider, towing it behind an automobile like a kite. He also built his own airplane hangar here. Schwister made many flights in 1911, including a 27-mile flight in which he soared to 2,000 feet, higher than nearby Rib Mountain. In 1912, Schwister was seriously injured in a plane crash, yet he continued to construct and fly his own airplanes making him Wisconsin's first successful "home-builder."
 
Erected 1998 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 385.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 
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By Keith L, June 8, 2008
2. Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker
54.097′ N, 89° 36.878′ W. Marker is in Rothschild, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker is on Kort Street west of West Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the north edge of Rothschild Park, between West Grand Avenue and Park Street. Marker is in this post office area: Rothschild WI 54474, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fallen Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pine Grove Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Pineries (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cutler Post Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); World War I Guardian Angel Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Third Marathon County Courthouse (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  John Schwister. Born: 12/07/1882; Died: 02/07/1927 (Submitted on March 8, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, March 8, 2008
3. Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker
Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2017
4. Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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