Hometown names park for Glenn Curtiss

An eight-acre piece of land on Keuka Lake, in upstate New York, is being turned into a park honoring Glenn H. Curtiss.

The land has been in dispute for the past several years. That dispute ended recently when Curtiss’ hometown of Hammondsport bought the land from a real estate developer for $900,000. The funds came from two anonymous donors, according to town officials.

The lake is where Curtiss carried out test flights for the world’s first seaplane, earning him recognition as “the father of naval aviation.”

From 1915 to 1918, he turned Hammondsport into the airplane manufacturing capital of America.

The town already boasts the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

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