Sites devoted to Wilbur and Orville Wright as well as other famous residents reveal the city’s rich history.
By Anna Lee Braunstein, F351629
Dayton, Ohio, has a secret and it affects all of us. It is one of the most innovative cities in the country. While the airplane may be the most famous invention by Daytonians, many of their lesser-known creations also affect our daily life. Common items such as pull-top beverage cans and cash registers join automobile starters and a human heart-lung machine as being invented there. Dayton pays tribute to some of these inventors in several excellent museums.
Dayton’s most famous native sons are brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Their story is told at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. This park and other aviation-related sites mentioned below are part of the National Aviation Heritage Area, designated by Congress in 2004 to recognize the Dayton area’s contributions to aviation.