Ava, Ohio: Shenandoah Airship Disaster

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50495 State Route 821, Ava, OH
I-77 to exit 28 (Belle Valley). Hwy 821 north 5 miles to Ava. Rayner's Garage is on the south edge of town, on the west side of the road. The monument is on the north side of town, east side of the road, two houses past the Methodist church.
Call to check if museum is open. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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Shenandoah Airship Disaster
An American military zeppelin, not as well-known but just as accident-prone as the Hindenburg, crashed in eastern Ohio in 1925. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Shenandoah Air Disaster

Crash Site 1 and 2 can now be accessed (or, in the case of Site 2, at least driven by) by following a series of small signs through rural farmland. Right before (heading West off I-77 exit 28) the USS Shenandoah Memorial and trailer in Ava, one can carefully make their way through the hilly Noble County farmland.

Crash Site 1 is off Shenandoah Ave, with a flag, small monument and kiosk.

Crash Site 2, which can be seen off of SB I-77, is past some farms and posted no trespassing signs.

[Scott Beckerman, 09/27/2010]

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