The Dayton Peace Bridge

During the development of the aesthetic design for the Dayton Peace Bridge, citizens requested informational tablatures that would cover various topics important to the neighborhood and the Miami Valley as a whole. Ultimately, these eight highlighted topics were chosen by the public to be placed on the bridge. Because these tablatures are static and limited in physical size, it was decided that this web page would accompany the tablatures. Though this website does provide some additional information on a few of the individuals highlighted within the tablatures, it’s true purpose is to act as a ‘switch board’ to other websites which are more of an authority on one or more of the eight topics. Another intent of this website is to promote exploration of the Miami Valley. This was done by selecting websites that have physical locations within the Miami Valley. That way, though you may have come to this website for one of the tablature topics, we encourage you to explore the other seven and all of their physical locations.

What dreams we have and how they fly
Like rosy clouds across the sky;
Of wealth, of fame, of sure success,
Of love that comes to cheer and bless;
And how they whither, how they fade,
The waning wealth, the jilting jade—
The fame that for a moment gleams,
Then flies forever,—dreams, ah—dreams!

Dreams by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872–February 9, 1906) was an American poet and author who was best known in his lifetime for his dialect work and his use of metaphor and rhetoric, often in a conversational style. In his short career he produced an impressive twelve books of poetry, four novels, four books of short stories, and lyrics to many popular songs. Dunbar became the first African American to support himself financially through his writing.

The Wright brothers, Wilbur (April 16, 1867–May 30, 1912) and Orville (August 19, 1871–January 30, 1948) were two brothers from Dayton, Ohio. They were printers, bicycle makers, and inventors of the world’s first successful heavier-than-air powered flying machine. Their 1905 Wright Flyer III is considered the first truly practical flying machine and is on display at Carillon Park. In 1908 Wilbur in Europe and Orville at Fort Myer, Virginia, demonstrated that they were masters of the sky, catapulting them to fame as leading figures in aviation.