Civic leaders discussed a hometown memorial to the Wright brothers as far back as 1910. Early plans would have put it on Huffman Prairie. The Great Dayton Flood of 1913, World War I and the Great Depression caused delays and prompted a move to higher ground. In 1938, industrialist and philanthropist Edward A. Deeds took charge of the project and construction was soon underway. Orville Wright attended the dedication ceremony in 1940.
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Wright Brothers Hill is also home to six burial mounds thought to have been made by the Adena people sometime between 1,700 and 2,500 years ago. The National Park Service listed the mounds in the National Register of Historic Places as the Wright Brothers Memorial Mound Group in 1974. The memorial itself went on the list in 2016.
Wright-Patterson maintains the memorial, and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park operates an adjacent interpretive center at 2380 Memorial Road. Visit https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm for directions and hours of operation.
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