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Hempstead Plains From Above

Hempstead Plains From Above

by Richard Panchyk


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Once the largest prairie east of the Mississippi, the Hempstead Plains is a historic area in the heart of Nassau County. Home to the Cradle of Aviation and the site where Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis lifted off on its famous transatlantic flight, the area was also the site of important military camps and air bases, storied polo fields and golf courses, and legendary automobile and horse racing. In this unique book, you can revel in amazing aerial views of the Hempstead Plains that reveal many of the remnants of the area's glorious past, including the remaining swath of grasslands and the last bit of runway on what was once Mitchel Field. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy your tour through one of Long Island's most fascinating and treasured locations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634992015
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/24/2020
Series: America Through Time Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,160,492
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

RICHARD PANCHYK knew he wanted to be a writer by the time he was seven years old. He sold his first "book," a four-page handwritten trivia booklet written on a folded piece of loose-leaf paper in runny blue ballpoint pen, to a third-grade classmate for a nickel. A native of Elmhurst, Queens, Richard attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where a class on the fascinating history of New York ignited his interest in the area. He has published a total of thirty-four books, including nine titles on New York City and six on Long Island.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Foreword 6

Introduction 7

1 Hempstead Plains 11

2 Sports 28

3 The Cradle of Aviation 47

4 Military Might 61

5 Highways and Byways 105

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