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    Drive to Columbus

    by Ewingjr98 Written Sep 15, 2012

    Columbus was founded in 1812 for the purpose of becoming the capital of the sate, and it became Ohio's capital city just four years later, in 1816. It wasn't until 1834 that the population of the town topped 3,500 people.

    Today Columbus is the third largest city in Ohio, and is home to the Ohio State University as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies. The Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1857 and it remains the seat of state government.

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    President William McKinley Statue

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 15, 2012

    Because President William McKinley was from Ohio, there are a number of sites dedicated to his memory in the state. The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, created in 1917, is located in Niles, Ohio, and the The McKinley Museum and National Memorial in Canton, Ohio contains the tombs of William McKinley and his wife. Other communities in Ohio that have small memorials to McKinley include Toledo, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, and Columbus.

    In Dayton, a statue of President McKinley stands in the center of Cooper Park, next to the Dayton Metro Library. A plaque on the back of the statue, though difficult to read, says the following:


    To the memory of
    William McKinley

    Born January 29, 1843
    Died September 14, 1901

    Soldier in the Army of the Union
    Representative in Congress
    Governor of Ohio
    President of the United States
    Statesman, Patriot, Martyr

    A Christian gentleman
    whose sublime faith in his last moments
    was a crowning glory of a virtuous life

    This monument is a tribute by the
    citizens of Dayton
    and the children of its schools

    "Nearer my god to thee"

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    Air Force One, et al

    by etfromnc Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    Most flight buffs know that the Wright Brothers were the first men to successfully achieve heavier than air flight and many know that, although that first flight was achieved at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they spent most of their lives in Dayton, Ohio. I have found, however, that there are a lot of people who do not know that Dayton is home to a United States Air Force Base (AFB) named, partially, for the Wright Brothers and that Wright-Patterson AFB is home to the largest aircraft museum in the entire world. US Air Force history is the primary focus of this museum but not the sole subject. One of its most popular exhibits is an "Air Force One" which was the personal aircraft of US presidents for almost 30 years.

    There is a very large cafe on the museum grounds which can serve individuals to very large groups. They also offer a box lunch service for groups which would like to arrange for mass feeding ahead of time. There are also a gift shop and an IMAX Theatre here.

    In case you are not yet totally convinced that the Air Force Museum should be on your travel wish list, perhaps you may want to visit one or more of their virtual galleries from the leisure of your own home.
    The U.S. Air Force came into its own during the Korean War, and now that history is available for your review—on your computer.
    The Museum recently completed its virtual Korean War Gallery, and visitors can now experience the Korean War through the full gamut of interactive digital media including embedded audio, video, hot spots, and touch-screen devices—all of which are mobile-device friendly. Featuring seven videos, 14 audio podcasts, and printable transcripts, the gallery highlights the genesis of the modern Air Force as a separate combat force, telling the story of the branch's earliest missions and the airmen who performed them.
    In addition to the Korean War Gallery, you may experience the World War II, Presidential, Research & Development, and Early Years galleries, the Holocaust Exhibit and Memorial, and Air Parks. Also within the next few months, the museum will complete a Southeast Asia gallery.

    Admission to the museum is free.
    Since VT tends to be rather stingey with space for directions, I will put them here: The museum is six miles NNE of Dayton and is convenient to all Interstate highways. Make your way to I-675. Travel to Exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy). As you exit, stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy). Travel to the third traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

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    Dayton's Oregon Historic District - Where It's At

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    Originally established in the 1830s, this neighborhood boasts architecture from 1830 to 1910. The area's early years were marked by heavy German immigration, hence the numerous older German churches. Interestingly, the origin of the name Oregon as used for this part of Dayton is uncertain, but it appeared in print as far back as 1845. The area began to decline after the destruction of the 1913 flood, and this blight continued into the 1970s. The area was declared a city historic district in 1972, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places just two years later. This historic district is comprised of twelve city blocks between Fifth Street and Rt 35.

    The commercial part of the Oregon District is at the northern edge of the district, and it lies between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue on East Fifth Street. The district is populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses.

    One of the local favorite pubs--The Dublin Pub--is located here in the Oregon District. I have also enjoyed pizza at the Oregon Express.

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    IMAX Theater at National Museum of the USAF

    by Tugboatguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The IMAX Theater is not to be missed on your trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a three-dimensional visual and audio experience with seating for 500 in a SIX STORY theater without a bad seat in the house. We chose seats in about the center of the theater and the center of the six-story high screen. The IMAX experience, and it truly is an experience, is enhanced by six channel digital sound. Think stereo? Folks, the digital audio is waaay beyond stereo!

    Five theater program choices were available the day we attended:"Dolphins" for the kids-you will feel you are swimming right along with them-shown twice a day, "Amazon"-a journey of discovery of the Amazon's wonders, inhabitants and remarkable healing powers-shown once a day, The Magic of Flight", soar through the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to the dramatic high-speed aerobatics of the Blue Angels-shown once a day, "Straight Up, Helicopters in Action", travel with helicopter crews as they respond to real-world needs-including a high-sea rescue, a drug bust, humanitarian aid and land and sea military maneuvers-shown twice a day, and "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag", the USAF in action as the latest fighters, bombers, and other aircraft tear up the Nevada desert at Red Flag, the air combat readiness training for all allied air forces around the world-shown three times a day.

    Being all aircraft pilots, we attended "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag" and were thrilled with the specter of being right in the middle of the flying action-stupendous realism and you could almost feel the aerobatic g forces at near-mach speeds!

    My senior ticket price was $6, and well worth it. Plan on attending one of the shows at IMAX during your tour of the museum. For show times and prices, contact the IMAX Theater at the number below. IMAX has something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.

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    Tipp City and Springfield OH Antiques Shopping

    by Steph6150 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tipp City, OH which is north of Dayton is a small old town which has numerous antique shops that line the main street. There are many large victorian houses on both sides of the main street which are really beautiful. There is a good restaurant called Harrisons that has great food like half barbeque roasted chicken. The atmosphere is semi casual..a lunch spot for business people in the area. I bought an antique clock from 1910 in Tipp which still works after a cleaning from a professional clock maker. Also a complete silver plated tea set for $25 which was a steal! After some research I found out it was from the 1920s.

    Springfield, OH has 3 HUGE antique malls off Interstate 70. I collect Blue Indiana glassware. I found a lot of this glassware at a couple of these malls. Also tons of cookie jars, depression era glass, clocks, silver spoons, and some antique furniture. The first antique mall you get to off 70 is the So. Charleston exit. It is has a snack and drink bar that has good sandwiches for a reasonable price. The So. Charleston area is "out in the country", so if you want something nicer for dinner you'll have to go up the road a way to the Springfield exit. In Springfield that are several restaurants like Perkins and Bob Evans to go to. If you're making this trip I would advise to go in good weather, being out in the country it's hard to get around in snow.

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    Planes, Planes and More Planes!

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Wright Patterson Air Force Base is home to one of the largest collections of military aircraft I have ever seen. While it does not have the historic planes that the Smithsonian can boast to having, the WPAFB Museum has diversity and volume. Best of all, admission is free!

    The walk through the museum is divide up by time periods, although they also have a special wing just for missiles. You will not want to miss the Stealth planes which are there, nor the Presidential Aircraft exhibit, which includes the plane that flew JFK's body back from Dallas. You can stand in the spot where LBJ took office or where Jackie O watched him, almost in tears. The connection with history is up close, and personal on this plane.

    Kids will not be disappointed either. There are plenty of hands on exhibits, bombs to touch and planes to get inside of, and an IMAX theatre. And best of all, there is Astronat Ice Cream in the Gift Shop!

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    Largest military aviation museum in the world!

    by Voyageuse30 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You could spend all day (and then some) in this huge collection of jets and biplanes and spacecraft and all sorts of aviation memorabilia (there are more than 300 aircraft and missiles on display) .

    The museum follows the history of aviation through the very early days up to the present.

    With a reservation (and photo ID), you can even walk through Presidential aircraft (including the one in which President Johnson was sworn in right after JFK's assassination).

    The admission for this awesome museum is FREE!

    There is a cafeteria, gift shop, and an awesome book store on the premises.

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    Garden Station

    by garmentlady Updated Feb 5, 2011

    Garden Station is an art park and community garden right downtown that features murals, sculpture, concerts, bonfires, drum circles, bonfires and movies. Regular events include the really really free market, live music on the first friday of each month and volunteer work day on Saturdays where you can help build something or make art. There have been all kinds of events here, weddings, electronic music DJ's, Shakespeare in the park, garden and art workshops, art and music festivals and non-profit organization fundraisers. There is a straw bale shed with a bottle wall on a pounded tire foundation with a green roof and a greenhouse made of two liter pop bottles. There are community garden plots that members of the community can rent for the season. The garden is built and cared for with community volunteers and donations.

    Drum Circle at Garden Station farmer's market at Garden Station garden plots at Garden Station Garden Station
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    The Wright Brothers Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    In 1924, the Dayton Air Service Committee acquired Tate Hill, as part of the 4,500 acres it donated to the U.S. Government for the creation of Wright Field. The hill was set aside for a memorial honoring the Wright Brothers.

    Through the combined efforts of the Miami Conservancy District, the Wilbur and Orville Wright Memorial Commission, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the U.S. National Park Service, the memorial and surrounding park, renamed Wright Brothers Hill, were designed and constructed by the Olmsted Brothers architectural firm. Orville Wright and several of the 119 students he taught to fly on the Huffman Prairie Flying Field were present for the August 19, 1940 (Orville's 69th birthday) dedication ceremony.

    In 1974, the site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to several prehistoric Adena Indian mounds adjacent to the memorial. Bronze tablets commemorate the mounds, Wright Field's history, and list the students the brothers trained on the Huffman Prairie. The Miami Conservancy District transferred the park and memorial to the Air Force in 1978 as part of the 75th anniversary of powered flight. A display case near the stone wall overlooking Huffman Dam illustrates the history of Huffman Prairie and the Memorial.http://www.ascho.wpafb.af.mil/BUILDINGS/memorial.HTM

    The Wright Brothers Memorial is open daily during daylight hours. c*

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    Memorial Park

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    This park has over 500 memorials, including statuary memorials, plaques, trees and benches. There is so much to see here and all are done beautifully! The first you will see is Valor Park, really lovely.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices

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    Air Park

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    This park is located outside near the main museum complex. It features many wonderful aircraft, the World War II 8th Air Force Control Tower and a playground just behind this building.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Prejudice and Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Note: This exhibit is located in the hallway between the Early Years and Air Power Galleries.

    I don't know about you, but seeing these are very tough for me. It still rips my heart out knowing such terrible things happen during mankinds history. It always brings me to tears that often I avoid museums and even movies about the Holocaust. It is a wonderful done exhibit with photographs, artifacts and memories of people who were concentration camp survivors, theirs families, liberators, and righteous Gentiles who live in the Dayton, Ohio.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    BOB HOPE: 50 YEARS OF HOPE

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    Note: This exhibit is located in Kettering Hall.

    I know I come the baby boomers generation and our children may not know who he was, but we do. He entertained our men and women of the U.S. Air Force and the other services at home and overseas, in peace and in war for over 50 years. I grew up watching his movies and always enjoyed them. This exhibits is a tribute to a generous man who often was not even home during the holidays because he was wanted our men and women not be alone during the difficult holidays seasons from being so far away from their own families. Thanks Bob for the Memories and I salute you!!!

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Presidential Gallery

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    Special requirements to see this section and this is straight from the web sight.

    The Presidential and Research & Development/Flight Test Galleries, located on the active part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly!

    Buses are not handicapped accessible. Individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum's Operations Division in advance at (937) 255-3286 to arrange transportation.

    Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D/Flight Test Galleries.

    Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (a NEXUS card is an acceptable form of ID for Canadian citizens). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.


    Hours of Operation

    The Presidential and R&D Galleries are now operating on the following schedule. On weekdays, buses leave the museum every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On weekends and holidays, buses leave the museum every 45 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend a briefing 15 minutes before their bus departs the museum. For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 1B on week days and Gate 19B on weekends).

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