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Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Two Wheels on the Ground

The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail

 

1900 - 1904

 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 27, 2013
1. Two Wheels on the Ground Marker
Inscription.
1900 - 1904
Glen Curtiss found his first success in the bicycle business.
Bicycle racer and mechanical whiz, Glenn Curtiss, opened his first shop in 1900, directly across the street from where you are now standing. Here Curtiss repaired and sold bicycles, including models that carried his personal brand name, "Hercules."
Curtis soon began to experiment with motorcycles, entering races and developing engines of his own design. By 1904 his expanding business had outgrown this shop, and Glenn relocated to a larger facility on nearby Castle Hill.

The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
Beginning as a self-taught bicycle mechanic, Glenn Curtiss went on to achieve national prominence as a pioneer aviator, the found of the American aircraft industry, and the father of U.S. Naval Aviation. The Curtiss Heritage Trail celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of Hammondsport's most famous native son.
 
Erected 2011 by Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.
 
Location. 42° 24.589′ N, 77° 13.359′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is at the intersection of Pulteney St (Route 54A) and Park Place, on the right when traveling east on Pulteney St. Touch for map.
Two Wheels on the Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 27, 2013
2. Two Wheels on the Ground Marker
The marker is placed to allow the viewer to make the visual comparison between the photo of the Curtiss Bicycle shop on the marker and the post office across the street, which was, formerly, the bicycle shop.
The marker is in Pulteney Park, across the street from the U.S. Post Office. Marker is in this post office area: Hammondsport NY 14840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cradle of Aviation (approx. 0.9 miles away); Glenn H. Curtiss (approx. one mile away); An Astonishing Sight (approx. 1.6 miles away); Larger Than Life (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pulteney Square (approx. 7.2 miles away); Pioneer Burial Ground (approx. 7.2 miles away); Bath Theatre (approx. 7.4 miles away); Naples (approx. 16.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
 
More about this marker. The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail, which marks historic sites in and around Hammondsport, was completed in 2011. According to a news release from the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which sponsored the two-year project, the trail features informational plaques at sites of historical significance, all relating to the accomplishments of Curtiss, the Hammondsport native and aviation pioneer.
 
Also see . . .  The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, New York. (Submitted on November 2, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords.
Two Wheels on the Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 27, 2013
3. Two Wheels on the Ground Marker
Glenn Curtiss
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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