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This cam looks to the north, and that's the County Yard across the
street. Behind those hills on the horizon are Humboldt Bay and Eureka.
Rohnerville was once a thriving
center of commerce. During the 1880s it was the third largest settlement in
Humboldt County, but lost its glory after the railroad
bypassed the town and instead placed its depot in Fortuna.
But what gives
Rohnerville a footnote in the history of aviation is a schoolteacher, inventor
and aviation pioneer named
John Joseph Montgomery. Any man with three first names has got to be special,
but he was a teacher at a grand three-story college, teaching foreign languages,
fine arts, philosophy and classic culture studies. This college was located atop
the bluff at the west
end of this airport's runway. Mr. Montgomery is said to have made the first
manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flights in the United States, using a
glider in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, California.
A monument dedicated to Montgomery
is located at the Pilot's Lounge at the Rohnerville Airport.
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