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Dayton: Not Quite Wright

USA | Tuesday, 21 August 2018 | Views [88]

Favorite Sons: Laurance, Wilbur and Orville, Dayton Aviation NHP

Favorite Sons: Laurance, Wilbur and Orville, Dayton Aviation NHP

WILBUR AND ORVILLE POLISHED THEIR CRAFT in Dayton, Ohio, progressing from bicycles to gliders and ultimately to the first “airplane.”  So one — I — might assume that the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park would be dedicated to the brothers Wright, no?  Well, one — I — would be wrong!

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   Brothers Wright                             Wright Bros. Cycle Shop

True, the Park includes one of the Wrights' bike shops and even a replica of their 1902 glider.  The Aviation Heritage Park is a monument to Dayton, its innovators, inventors — the cash register was invented in Dayton — and writers, especially Paul Laurence Dunbar.  Never heard of him?  Best known for his poetry, Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation.  

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    Up, Up and Away

If you want the brothres Wright, consider a trip to Kill Devil Hills, NC and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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    John Brown, his soul is marching on!

WHILE WE'RE AT IT, I’ve always connected Harpers Ferry WV with the fanatical-looking abolitionist, John Brown, he whose body lies a moulderin' in the grave.  But Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is a tribute to the town itself.  John Brown'S anti-slavery raid on the national arsenal at Harpers Ferry is little more than a footnote.  

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       Harpers Ferry — high and dry for now

The history of the town at the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac is quite interesting, a story  of floods and fortitude.  A wander through Harpers Ferry is well worth your time.  And I bet you come home humming “John Brown’s body lies a moulderin’ in the grave but his soul goes marchin’ on” to the tune of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  If you can find the exhibit devoted to him, that is.

 

 

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