Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rising to the Challenge
Paul Laurence Dunbar
—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park —
This internationally recognized African American poet, play-wright, and novelist, a classmate and friend of Orville Wright lived and worked in this house from 1904 to 1906.
Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.
(Inscription above the map showing Huffman Prairie Flying Field)
This is the site where the Wright brothers developed the world’s first practical airplane. Wilbur and Orville made more than 100 test flights here in 1904-1905. You can see their 1905 Wright Flyer III exhibited at Wright Brothers Aviation Center in Carillon Park.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field.
Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
Explore the West Dayton neighborhood where Orville and Wilbur lived and worked. The brothers had their printing business on the second floor of this historic building, and nearby is one of the Wright’s bicycle shops.
Next door to Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is the Aviation Trail Visitor
John W. Berry, Sr.
Wright Brothers Aviation Center
At Carillon Historical Park, you can see the world’s first practical airplane—the original 1905 Wright Flyer III—flown by Wilbur and Orville at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Other exhibits include the camera used by the Wrights to record their historic 1903 flight, and a replica of the bicycle shop where they designed and build their gliders and powered flyers.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 45.467′ N, 84° 13.15′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Edison Street west of North Paul Laurence Dunbar 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 of this marker. Making His Way With Words (here, next to this marker); Paul Laurence Dunbar (within shouting distance of this marker); Coming Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Enon Missionary Baptist Church / Euclid Avenue United Brethren Church The Professor of the Propeller (approx. 0.3 miles away); Orville's Last Workshop (approx. 0.3 miles away); 31 Years at the Lab (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Side (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
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