This is the sister memorial to the spire that stands atop Big Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. If you're going to memorialize the Wrights, there are really two important places on the earth that you must mark -- the sand dunes near Kitty Hawk and the rolling grass at Huffman Prairie. The Wrights conducted their initial aeronautical experiments at Kitty Hawk because they needed the wind to fly their gliders. Then they developed their powered Flyer into a practical aircraft and learned the skills necessary to fly it at Huffman Prairie. Just as the North Carolina monument stands above the dunes at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Memorial is perched on a hill overlooking Huffman Prairie. Presently, the National Park Service is building a reception center there to help tell the story of the Wright brothers to visitors.
By kjfitz @ 2005-08-16 12:21:26