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Dayton History - Carrillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409
Wright Flyer III

Front of the Wright Flyer III inside Wright Hall at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio.

Photo credit: By Nyttend (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dayton's official historical organization operates a 65-acre campus containing more than 30 historic structures with a major focus on the region's 'technological innovations.

Facilities include the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, featuring the 1905 Wright Flyer III, regarded as the first practical airplane. The Heritage Center of Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship pays tribute to other technologies developed in the city, including the cash register and automobile self-starter.

The James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center houses an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and 1903 Detroit & Mackinac passenger car.

The group also maintains a research archive and operates other sites the in the Dayton area, including Hawthorn Hill, once home to Orville Wright.