Near Coldwater in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
According to a long-standing Quimby family tradition, early aviatrix Harriet Quimby was born in the Coldwater area on May 1, 1875, to Ursula (Cook) and William Quimby. She spent her childhood in Arcadia, Michigan, and Arroyo Grande, California. In 1902, Harriet became a journalist for the San Francisco Dramatic Review. She later wrote features for the San Francisco Chronicle and worked for the Call-Bulletin. In 1903 she went to New York where whe wrote drama reviews and features for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly. At the October 1910 Belmont Park Aviation Meet she became fascinated with flying and met aviator John Moisant. She soon took lessons at the Moisant School of Aviation in Mineola, New York. She later toured the U.S., Mexico and Europe with the Moisant Fliers.
On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States to obtain a pilot's license when she successfully completed the requirements of the Aero Club of America. On April 16, 1912, Harriet became the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel, journeying from Dover, England, to Hardelot, France. After being celebrated on the Hardelot beach by the local French people, Harriet returned to the U.S. and began a busy exhibition schedule. In june she went to Boston
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1490C.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 41° 56.209′ N, 85° 2.928′ W. Marker is near Coldwater, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Airport Drive and Airview Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located next to main building of the Branch County Memorial Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Coldwater MI 49036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Branch Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Governor Cyrus Gray Luce (approx. 2½ miles away); Branch County / Branch County Courthouse Site (approx. 2½ miles away); Branch County Korean and Vietnam Wars Memorial Branch County World War II Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Coldwater War Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Loomis' Battery (approx. 2½ miles away); Richard L. Bettinger Memorial Gardens (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coldwater.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A similar marker near where she grew up near Arcadia, Michigan.
Also see . . . Harriet Quimby - National Aviation Hall of Fame. (Submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 609 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.