South Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Airplane Flight Over Texas
French aviator Louis Paulhan, on a coast-to-coast flying exhibition tour of America, was commissioned to demonstrate his flying skills. The promoters arranged for special excursion trains to transport spectators to the site from downtown Houston. Headlines in the "Post" proclaimed, "This is the first opportunity for Texans to see a real demonstration of man's ability to fly. Don't fail to come and see demonstrated the greatest invention of the present era."
A crowd of more than 2,500 people gathered on Friday, February 18th, to witness Paulhan's first Texas flight in his Farman biplane. Because of high winds and inclement weather, the aviator was not able to perform some of his most spectacular stunts, but the crowd was thrilled with the aerial display. A second flying exhibition on the following day drew almost 6,000 people.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10660.)
Location. Touch for map. Apparently Spencer Highway is also called West Main, Avenue C and York Avenue at this location. Having spent over 45 years in this area I've never heard it called anything but Spencer Highway. Marker is in this post office area: South Houston TX 77587, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vince's Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Capture of Santa Anna (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 4½ miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 4½ miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ellington Field (approx. 5½ miles away); Magnolia Park City Hall and Central Fire Station (approx. 6.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Story of Texas First Flight. (Submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.