July 4, 2006

Highway Name to Honor 1874 Flying Machine Inventor Micajah Clark Dyer

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There will be a dedication service for the naming of Micajah Clark Dyer Parkway on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Choestoe Baptist Church Family Life Center south of Blairsville, Georgia. The Parkway is being named to honor Mr. Dyer for his invention of a flying machine, for which he was granted a United States Patent in 1874. The portion of Georgia Highway 180 to be named is from the junction of the Gainesville Highway (U.S. 19 & U.S. 129) to the Georgia Highway 180 Spur which goes to Brasstown Bald Mountain at the Union and Towns County line. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Today I learned of this man from Joe Fry. Joe attended the reunion this afternoon and told me about this man. Joe is from Demorest Georgia. Joe is kin to the Dyer family. I find it very interesting that someone before the Wright Brothers had invented a flying machine. They say nothing about this in any history books. I was hoping to learn more about his inventions and his life. Hope you will post more information about this in the future. My name is Todd Benton and I am from Mt. Airy, Georgia. 7/15/2006

eAndrew said...

Thanks, Todd. If you haven't already, take a look at "Clark's Links" for more information about many contributors to the progress of flight. Micajah's story is quite unique in that he was in such a remote, isolated area of the northeast Georgia mountains without any formal education beyond a one-room school house. I hope to add much more information to the site with time. -Andrew (MCD's great, great, great grandson).