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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Neighborhood Geniuses

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 20, 2012
1. The Neighborhood Geniuses Marker
Inscription.

"...the invention [of the airplane] came from such an unexpected quarter. The Wrights had no special training in science or engineering. While both were well educated, neither had completed the formal coursework required for his high school diploma. Before the summer of 1899, they seemed the most ordinary of men.

That was part of their fascination. They were the quintessential Americans, whose success seemed compounded of hard work, perseverance, and common sense, with a liberal dollop of Yankee ingenuity - raised to the level of genius."
Tom Crouch, Wright brothers biographer

Two seemingly ordinary brothers, who daily walked three blocks to work from this home over to their business on West Third Street, invented a machine that would impact the lives of billions of people.

[Photo caption reads]
Hawthorne Street looking south, 1910
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 45.276′ N, 84° 12.698′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on 3rd Street west of Hawthorne Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Neighborhood Geniuses Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 20, 2012
2. The Neighborhood Geniuses Marker
In left foreground, looking northeast
of this marker. We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (a few steps from this marker); Preserved and Enshrined (a few steps from this marker); Wright Brothers Home Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheels to Wings (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Aviation (about 400 feet away); West Side (about 500 feet away); 31 Years at the Lab (about 800 feet away); The Professor of the Propeller (approx. 0.2 miles 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. The Wilbur and Orville Wright Timeline, 1867-1948. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceEducationExplorationMan-Made Features
 
Wright Bros Photo on The Neighborhood Geniuses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1900s
3. Wright Bros Photo on The Neighborhood Geniuses Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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