John Valentine Pliska

John Valentine Pliska (HM1ME9)

Location: Midland, TX 79701 Midland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 59.905', W 102° 4.397'

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Site (1904-1962) of blacksmith shop of

— (Dec. 6, 1878 - July 28, 1956) —

Mechanical genius who made and flew first locally-owned aircraft. Born in Austria, Pliska came with parents to Texas, and after 1903 followed blacksmith trade in Midland. He built (1912) and flew at intervals up to 15 minutes an aeroplane of his own invention. (Plane now in museum at Midland-Odessa air terminal.)

Pliska was a master Smith. Gen. John J. Pershing had U. S. Army horses shod here during border trouble prior to World War I. Branding irons for a large west Texas area were also made here.

Pliska married Louis Hundle. They had seven children.
HM NumberHM1ME9
Marker Number2815
Year Placed1970
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 776501 N 3544004
Decimal Degrees31.99841667, -102.07328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 59.905', W 102° 4.397'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 59' 54.3" N, 102° 4' 23.82" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N Baird St, Midland TX 79701, US
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