Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home Historical

Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home Historical (HM1U4L)

Location: Arcadia, MI 49613 Manistee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 27.463', W 86° 12.125'

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(Side A)
Harriet Quimby
Early aviatrix Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), was inspired to learn to fly when she covered the October 1910 Belmont Park international aviation meet for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly newspaper in New York. She authored drama reviews, travel pieces and eventually wrote about her own adventures as a pilot. On August 1, 1911, Quimby received the first aviation license granted to an American woman. With this success came immense popularity. On April 16, 1912, seeking additional recognition, she became the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel. Her achievement was overshadowed in the press, however, by reports of the sinking of Titanic. On July 1, 1912, Quimby and a passenger died when her plane plunged into Dorchester Bay during a meet at Squantam, Massachusetts.
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Harriet Quimby Childhood Home
Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), the first American woman to receive a pilot's license, lived in this house as a child and attended the nearby school. Her parents, William and Ursula Cook Quimby, settled in Bear Lake, present-day Arcadia Township, in 1867 and acquired this property in 1874. Ursula produced and sold patent medicines like "Quimby's Liver Invigorator," which was advertised with testimonials from satisfied customers in The Manistee Daily News.
Between 1887 and 1890 Harriet and her parents moved to Arroyo Grande, California, which Harriet claimed as her birthplace during interviews later in her life. By 1910 the Quimby's [sic] were living in San Francisco where Harriet embarked on a career as a drama critic.
HM NumberHM1U4L
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 563478 N 4923022
Decimal Degrees44.45771667, -86.20208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 27.463', W 86° 12.125'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 27' 27.78" N, 86° 12' 7.5" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14509-14851 Erdman Rd, Arcadia MI 49613, US
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