• Wilbur and Orville Wright: their names carved into the Wright Brothers Monument.

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

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Though the Wright brothers were from Dayton, OH and did much of their inventing and research there, it was the Outer Banks that met their criteria for privacy, steady winds, and wide-open non-vegetated spaces. It was here, in this sparsely populated area known at the time as Kitty Hawk with its massive dunes that they setup camp so as to have the freedom to experiment with and perfect their machines until they achieved success.

Did You Know?

Big Kill Devil Hill ca1900 (credit:Library of Congress)

Big Kill Devil Hill actually moved 450 feet to the southwest during the 25 years from the Wrights' first flight in 1903 until 1928, when the park was established.