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 +======Balloons Over Boone======
 +By: Hillary Delaney
 +Though the sight is not uncommon in modern times, a hot air balloon is a wonder to behold. ​ We have always been fascinated with flight, but the balloon represents a different kind of air travel. ​ In the basket of a hot air balloon, the view passes more slowly, and the mechanics are simple physics. ​ Little wonder that this trend was a national obsession in the 19th century. ​
 +There were several noteworthy balloon “events” in and around Boone County during the heyday of ballooning. ​ Professor Harry Gilbert, a balloonist with ties to the circus and a flair for marketing, made a surprise stop in Boone County in 1877.  Gilbert began his ascent from the grounds of the then two-year-old Cincinnati Zoological Gardens, and headed in the direction that the wind determined.  ​
 +He landed on the Buckner farm, near [[Florence]],​ and was met by Mr. Garvey, who owned neighboring property. ​ Garvey was given a short ascension in the balloon, in return for a wagon ride back to Cincinnati. The highest altitude on this short jaunt over the river was 6,100 ft.
 +Another balloon adventure occurred in 1880.  Two men who had departed Dayton the day before, landed on [[Corbin_family|Henry Corbin’s]] farm in [[Union]]. ​ A crowd, numbering about 300 people, soon arrived, having seen the craft in the air making its slow progress toward descent. Several people were given a rope-tethered ascension ride, taking them up to 400 feet, and down again before the aeronauts were on their way.  [[Walton]] was to be the next stop, but the wind took them to the [[Howlett_family|Howlett]] farm near [[Big Bone]]. ​ Residents of the area were caught off-guard by the sight. ​ One man took a shot at the balloon, while it was at a very high altitude. ​ Others were flummoxed by its size when it descended, thinking it was “the size of a water bucket,” as it had appeared to them while in flight; its actual dimensions were 24x56 feet.
 +In 1914, the “Balloon Goodyear,​” a forerunner to the famous blimp, landed on the [[Dolwick_family|Dolwick]] farm in [[Constance]]. ​ The pilot, A.D. Preston and his assistant were competing in a national elimination race to earn a spot in the international race for the James Bennett Cup. They had departed St. Louis two days prior, but the balloon had malfunctioned. ​ Preston, an experienced balloon pilot, had won the race in Paris the prior year.  Fortunately,​ the little hamlet of Constance offered the [[Anderson Ferry]] as more reliable transportation for the men and their deflated balloon to make their way home. 
 +=====More Information=====
 +=====Related Topics=====
 +  * [[Articles of Interest]]
 +  * [[Towns]]
 +  * [[Families]]
 +====Related Websites====
 +[[http://​​wgbh/​nova/​space/​short-history-of-ballooning.html|PBS/​NOVA:​ A Short History of Ballooning]]
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