National Parks Week In Ohio

Violin in the "Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit" at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Violin in the "Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit" at the National Museum of the US Air Force. | Source

Quote in the Glass Case

On Nov. 9, 1938, a teenager, 15 years old, experienced the most violent, barbaric display of anti-Semitic acts ever recorded in history. I was that teenager! ... While our apartment was being destroyed and ransacked, mother was locked up in one room, crying loudly. My father was being beaten up in the hallway, pleading for mercy. When I too asked them to stop, they took me into my room, threw my violin at me, took me to the balcony, and ordered me to play happy German songs. (Reference: WPAFB) -- Robert Kahn, September 15, 1997

National Park Week: The Last Full Week In April

By 2013, at least 401 US National Parks were open to the public for visiting and the celebration of National Parks Week. In addition, we also have five new US National Monuments to appreciate, nominated by current President Barack Obama, as each President may name new monuments. For example, our newest in Ohio is the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. Even some Ohioans did not know tat we had a Buffalo Soldier living and teaching in our state for some time, or that the last living member of the division died in 2005. Because of this national monument, now more of us can benefit from history.

The United States has not only National Parks and Monuments, but National Seashores, Forests, Preserves, Wildlife Refuges, and many more valuable places to see and honor during National Park Week.

We have people like President Theodore Roosevelt and his cousin FDR as well as Presidenrt Woodrow Wilson and a Congressional Act in 1872 to thank for developing our National Parks System with its natural formations, wildlife, and native plants.

The special week is celebrated Sunday through Sunday, but from Monday through Friday of National Parks Week, all admission fees are waived.

Ohio National Parklands

  1. Dayton and National Aviation Heritage Parks - Number one tourist visitation spot in Ohio.
  2. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument - Xenia, Ohio. Not a national park, but still part of the NPS.
  3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Between Akron and Cleveland in NE Ohio.
  4. David Berger National Memorial - Beachwood, Ohio. Berger was one of the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. All 11 athletes are honored at this memorial park.
  5. Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miami - Toledo, Ohio.
  6. First Ladies National Historic Site - Canton, Ohio.
  7. Hopewell Culture National Historic Park - Preserves the Hopewell native American Culture in Chillicothe, Ohio.
  8. (President) James A. Garfield National Historic Site - Mentor, Ohio.

The History of Things That People Said Were Impossible

Anytime is travel time among the national parks of our state. Many of the national and state parks have year-round lodges and cabins open, with tent and RV camping during warmer months.

One national park in Ohio is located in a number of different cities on a heritage route that takes visitors to at least 15 large museum facilities with some even larger outdoor displays.

This is the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park in the Ohio Space Corridor.

The immense park began as a box of artifacts in a corner of an office at McCook Air Field in Downtown Dayton during WWI. Today, it extends through several cities.

The beginning of the trail is in Fairborn and Dayton Ohio, where we find the National Museum of the US Air Force complex at Wright Patterson AFB, several memorials, and the Wright-Dunbar Business District between the base and the west side of Downtown Dayton.

On the east side of Downtown is Carrillon Park, which houses the Wright Bicycle Shop and the 1905 Wright Flyer III, which is the only plane to ever be named a National Historic Landmark. A Heritage Center opened there in 2012.

McCook Field, the Start Of a Huge National Park

A markerMcCook Field, Dayton OH -
McCook Field, Dayton, OH, USA
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The Wrights began playing with the concept of air travel as children.
The Wrights began playing with the concept of air travel as children. | Source
The Wright Cycle Shop. 22 South Williams St., Dayton OH.
The Wright Cycle Shop. 22 South Williams St., Dayton OH. | Source

The Dayton Aviation Heritage Park on a larger Heritage Trail in Western Ohio encompasses five sites In Dayton that educate visitors about bicycle and airplane builders Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.The flying brothers and Mr. Dunbar lived near eachh other and also collaborated on certain projects and activities in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

The five great historic sites in the park include the Wright Brothers' printing office, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, Huffman Prairie Flying Field at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in the suburb of Fairborn, the Wrights' mansion at Hawthorn Hill, and Paul Laurence Dunbar's final home.

From this metropolitan area, a national aviation heritage trail extends through many cities in Western Ohio, comprising a larger national park surrounding the Dayton park.

Walk of Fame

Wright-Dunbar Inc. Walk of Fame, Wright-Dunbar Business District.
Wright-Dunbar Inc. Walk of Fame, Wright-Dunbar Business District. | Source

Dayton Aviation Heritage Area Starting Point

A marker16 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402 -
16 South Williams Street, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
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Wright Dunbar Business District and Walk of Fame on 3rd Strreet

A markerWright Dunbar Business District -
3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45433, USA
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Wright-Dunbar Historic District Preservations

Dayton Aviation Park

The Dayton Aviation Area Park is inside the larger National Aviation Area Park.

The larger national complex extends from Wapakaneta in the North to the southern part of Dayton, off I-75.

East and west, realted museums are located as far east as Urbana OH and west as far as the West Side of Dayton. Many sites are clustered in the Dayton-Riverside-Fairborn Corridor Around I-75 and off Route 4.

National Aviation Heritage Park: WPAFB is One of 15 Sites

show route and directions
A markerDayton Aviation Heritage Park -
Dayton Aviation Heritage, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright-Patterson AFB (FFO), 2380 Memorial
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B markerWapakoneta -
Wapakoneta, OH 45895, USA
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Home of Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon.

C markerUrbana OH -
Urbana, OH 43078, USA
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D markerWright Hiome; Hawthorn St., Dayton OH -
Hawthorn St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
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Newest National Park In Ohio

Ohio's newest national park is near the Aviation Heritage areas of Dayton.

In March 2013, the 44th President, Barack Obama, named a new National Monument in Ohio, southeast of Dayton-Fairfield on Route 42. It is the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, which is already a National Historcal Site as of 1974 and a Museum of Military History.

Buffalo Soldiers Memorial

A markerCharles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, 1120 U.S. 42, Wilberforce, OH 45385 -
1120 US-42, Wilberforce, OH 45384, USA
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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Fascinating. If I ever get in the travel mode, I will know I want to visit the fantastic state of Ohio.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

This state has changed drasstically in the last 20 years. It used to be a place to move away from instead of into, excuse the grammar.

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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Nicely put together guide Patty. Ohio seems as a worth visiting place.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Ohio's West and Southern portions have been under reconstruction and we're replacing the bridges along the Ohio River, restoring historic bridges where we can. Our last two governors have done a good job!

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