Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Balloon Ascensions

The Home News, July 28, 1860

Our citizens, old and young, were highly gratified on Wednesday evening, with a couple of very beautiful balloon ascensions. The balloon was ten feet high and of a width in proportion, made of colored tissue paper by Ely Hall. It was sent up from the corner of Second and Ohio streets, a little after sunset, and arose gracefully in the still blue ether almost to a perpendicular height of a mile – the highest we have ever seen a paper balloon ascend – and then gradually descended in the street by the High School in Harmar. It was immediately sent up again, this time descending near the steam mill on Front street.

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