More On Aviation Trail … (Good Topic)

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Since the topic’s been unearthed, a few more words on this matter called Aviation Trail (like maybe some explanations about what it is for people who have no idea) would seem a timely and sensible thing.  Aviation Trail is part of (and the foundation of) a scatter-site U.S. National Park.  The park system doesn’t include all identified trail sites. 

The trail sites are more a collection rather than a single path to follow or series.  The idea is, the sites that are listed have been clearly identified as associated with the Wright Brothers in some way (not necessarily aviation).  A person should look through the list and, based on how much time he/she has, choose the sites of the most interest. 

Regardless of the path chosen, it’s essential to start the whole thing with a visit to the bicycle shop and immediate area for information and direction, especially if visitors from somewhere else as the sites are widely scattered.  If time is limited, one might aim to just visit the Landmarks rather than take in things in the vicinity of the shop. 

There is also another related (but different) thing called the Aviation Heritage Area.  It’s a large chunk of western Ohio on maps that includes the Air and Space Museum, which might be of special interest to some.  The Heritage Area’s collection of sites, of course, includes the National Park Service.  Getting what’s covered all straight’s needed. 

It’s hoped Memorial Day was nice for all.Auto 

Memorial Day … And ATI

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In a week it’s Memorial Day.  The point is to remember the people who died defending the nation.  Presumably none did that because they really couldn’t find anything else to do had they really tried.  Family, friends, unknowns and even enemies benefited.  It’s only fitting that there’s a pause annually (at least) to recall and honor what they did. 

By extension others, too, are often remembered.  Perhaps a person never wore a uniform and only supported a community with a few minor things, but that, too, is of value to the common good.  It really isn’t disrespectful to also recall briefly all who have died who have somehow made a positive contribution to the rest of humanity even if a little. 

Anyone who ever lived with the air force nearby and easily overhead knows the sense of safety that surely exists on a battlefield if an air power is there.  So, perhaps it is a fitting time for adding just a note to remember the Wright Brothers who found the means for there to be air power; it exists for good in different branches of the military. 

The little bicycle shop in western Dayton (like the one in Michigan) is there and maintained for all to appreciate at some time that extra-ordinary simplicity from which flight developed.  The whole notion is still awe-inspiring if one really thinks about it.  The whole “trail” has value to an individual trying to put things into some perspective. 

A peaceful and happy Memorial Day to all.Coffee cup 

Dayton Areas … Aviation Trail Reference

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Like many towns, Dayton was founded on a riverbank.  Three rivers and a creek met there.  Eventually for many reasons the city was spread out over both sides of all.  And, also for many reasons the different parts of town were known by different names at different times.  Reference (directions and the like) can be confused depending on who’s asked. 

At present “Five Points” is the name of the most important neighborhood in this matter since that’s where the bicycle shop is, as well as other notable stuff.  An old-timer may say, “Edgemont.”  While that was a name for the area, it’s not what’s on maps now.  Directions to Edgemont might help someone find something, but many will likely need more. 

A lulu in this matter is the term “West Side.”  That’s not only a widely used generalization, it is an old name for a neighborhood across the street from Five Points and has an historic aspect of it’s own.  “Wolf Creek” is the name for that area today; said creek is the northern boundary.  The name change is due partly to the generalizations today. 

Those changes are far from the only new designations, many with historic elements.  There’s room to mention that much right now, the two most important.  If someone were to ask randomly about the Wright Brothers the answer could easily amount to:  “Oh, that stuff’s over on the West Side.”  The statement is correct, but hardly informative or useful. 

Bits and pieces can add up to a lot.Auto 

Birthplace Of Aviation … They Have Said

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“Birthplace of Aviation” isn’t an especially catchy way to say, “The airplane was invented here.”  It definitely does not compare well with the likes of “First in Flight.”  The City of Dayton used the expression as a slogan for a time, however, the town had had the identity “The Gem City” many years.  Respectable businesses and more were so named. 

After the city decided another slogan might be a good idea the state took the slogan, and for some reason it sounds a little better as a state slogan gracing car license plates (among other things) than it did as a city slogan.  That’s opinion, of course.  There may be someone out there of the opinion that it’s great.  Regardless, it exists as is. 

To at least this native, it seems that when elsewhere on a visit or whatever the mere mention of the city brought the inventing to mind with other people.  There was no need to say anything.  That was back in time when air travel was a little rare for everyday living.  Today people aren’t awed over the concept.  Maybe a reminder would be in order. 

It’s been more than a century since humans only dreamed of getting off the ground with their own power, flying like a bird.  This is not something to be taken for granted.  Man has existed for millions of years “attached” to the ground apart from an occasional swim.  What the Wrights (Wilbur?) figured out may in time change the course of creation. 

Dimensions beyond the third are also possible.Airplane 

Aviation Trail Sites — A Few Pertinent Words

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It’s not possible to say much (at least at one time) about the various sites along the Aviation Trail in a space this small as there are just too many places.  Then there’s the matter of there being no “complete list” as new places are (and have been) slowly added as possible.  Different stuff holds up fitting additions.  (More can be said later.)

It is possible to list the current Landmarks at some given time since there aren’t many of those (yet), but Landmarks aren’t the only historic designation, and there are things that currently carry no historic designation although they might qualify.  When people spend a lifetime somewhere, it can be a sizable collection of things somehow related. 

One aspect that can be done here is to clarify some of the “historic designation” stuff.  A few places and things are officially, meaning government backed, “historical.”  They are maintained (and funded) by the U.S. government through the national park service.  Things and places can carry an historical designation otherwise but not the same way. 

If the national park service actually operates sites (like buildings) then they are called “Landmarks.”  The Wright’s bicycle shop is just one little store-front type of place, and it’s a U.S. National Landmark, a most important one in the Trail sites even though they operated there in earlier days.  (As some know there’s a shop in Michigan, too.)

Sometimes it’s only scraps that can be saved.Airplane