Larson Brothers Airport

Larson Brothers Airport (HMT73)

Location: Larsen, WI 54947 Winnebago County
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N 44° 11.935', W 88° 38.292'

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On his father's farm in 1922, Roy Larson, his brothers, Clarence, Newell and Leonard cleared an 80 rod strip for a runway. Roy received flying instructions at Chicago in 1919, paying $50 per hour. Roy and Clarence attended the Sweeney Mechanics School in Kansas City, Mo. Purchasing their first airplane, a Canuck, in 1922, Roy taught his brothers to fly. The plane, with wings removed, was stored in the barn during the winter. In 1924, a 52 x 60 hangar was constructed. They now had a real airport, instructing students, and giving pleasure rides, $5 for 10 minutes, for an extra $5, you could have loops and rolls. The brothers left the plow to go roaring over the fields in their flying machines. They barnstormed at county fairs, picnics and for political campaigns throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. They had the agency for Waco Planes in Wis. and Upper Mich. during 1926-27. Roy was a well known pilot throughout the midwest, his aviator friends used this airport to refuel and as a place to rest. During Word War II, Leonard instructed glider pilots for the army at Antigo and in Missouri. Leonard, the sole surviving brother, and his wife, Viola, have continued to operate the oldest exiting airport in the state.

On April 5, 1984, The Larson Brothers Airport was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This marker is dedicated to the memory of the Larson Brothers and other early pilots, who pioneered aviation in Wisconsin.
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HM NumberHMT73
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Year Placed1985
Placed ByLeonard Wilbur Larson and Viola Larson
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:29am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 369097 N 4895271
Decimal Degrees44.19891667, -88.63820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 11.935', W 88° 38.292'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 11' 56.10" N, 88° 38' 17.52" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4672-4838 County Rd II, Larsen WI 54947, US
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