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Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Monument to the Impossible

 
 
Monument to the Impossible Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
1. Monument to the Impossible Marker
Inscription.
The Best Design

Design competition among 35 entrants was won by Rogers and Poor, a New York Architectural firm.

The 60-foot tower, similar to those used to mark courses in air races, embellished with wings on its side and a five-point star serving as the base, was to symbolize man’s conquest of the air.

No Simple Task

Designed with paper and pencil, it became an entirely different matter to carve 80 tons of solid granite. Using hand and pneumatic tools, the Mount Airy granite was transformed into surgically precise multifaceted blocks. Assembled, they formed the Wright Memorial at the final cost of over $285,000.

This memorial to the Wright Brothers serves to inspire people who believe and, by believing, accomplish the impossible.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
Location. 36° 0.873′ N, 75° 40.226′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Wright Brothers National Memorial, on the driving tour that circles the monument. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Monument to the Impossible Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
2. Monument to the Impossible Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Pitch, Roll and Yaw (here, next to this marker); Big Kill Devil Hill (here, next to this marker); Wright Brothers National Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Experiments (approx. 0.2 miles away); 12 Seconds that Changed the World (approx. ¼ mile away); A hospitable people... (approx. ¼ mile away); The Conquest of the Air (approx. ¼ mile away); The 1901 Glider (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
Also see . . .  The Memorial Tower. A short history of the Memorial Tower's design and construction. (Submitted on August 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Competition for the Wright Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
3. Competition for the Wright Memorial
Top view of the winning design, 1929.
The design featured a granite pylon similar to the shape commonly used as landmarks to guide pilots during early air competitions and cross-country flights. Consequently, the monument's profile was familiar to aviators around the world. A three-way beacon added to its functional beauty by serving as an aid to both nautical and aerial navigation.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
4. The Wright Brothers National Memorial
This wing-shaped monument, completed in 1932, features a beacon rising sixty feet above a ninety-foot sand dune in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, near where the first flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903, took place.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,002 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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