From nearby Bear's Den Mountain to the Catoctin Ridge, a distance of fourteen miles, Dr. Mahlon Loomis, dentist, sent the first aerial wireless signals, 1866-73, using kites flown by copper wires. Loomis received a patent in 1872 and his company was chartered by Congress in 1873, but lack of capital frustrated his experiments. He died in 1886.
Geographic Location: Clarke County
Physical Description of Location: Blue Ridge, VA 20135. Located on Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt. 7), 0.5 miles west of the intersection of Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt. 7) and Snickersville Turnpike. Marker is on the right when traveling west on Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt. 7).
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