Details for John Valentine Pliska

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5329002815


Marker Number 2815
Atlas Number 5329002815
Marker Title John Valentine Pliska
Index Entry Pliska, John Valentine
Address Texas & Baird St.
City Midland
County Midland
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 776528
UTM Northing 3543758
Subject Codes inventors and inventions; aviation
Marker Year 1970
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location SW corner of Texas Ave. & Baird St., Midland
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Mechanical genius who made and flew first locally-owned aircraft. Born in Austria, Pliska came with parents to Texas, and after 1903 followed blacksmith trade in Midland. He built (1912) and flew at intervals up to 15 minutes an aeroplane of his own invention. (plane now in museum at Midland-Odessa air terminal.) Pliska was a master Smith. Gen. John J. Pershing had U. S. Army horses shod here during border trouble prior to World War I. Branding irons for a large west Texas area were also made here. Pliska married Louis Hundle. They had seven children.

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