Hyde Park, Vermont – July 4, 1873
On the afternoon of July 4, 1873, Professor Frank K. King, son of the famous aeronaut Samuel A. King, made a balloon ascension from the fair grounds near Morrisville, Vermont. The balloon sailed away and was in the air for slightly more than an hour when it unexpectedly came down in a wilderness area somewhere near the town line between Eden and Hyde Park.
King climbed down from his balloon but had no idea of his exact location, or in which direction he should begin walking. He set out on a course he hoped would bring him out of the woods, but after hiking for a good length of time found himself back at his balloon. He spent two days and two nights in the woods without food or shelter before he met up with a search party that was looking for him.
Source: Orleans County Monitor, “Fourth Of July Balloon Ascension At Morrisville”, July 14, 1873.
Updated January 25, 2017
When King and his balloon were about two-and-a-half miles up he encountered a snow storm. The snow and ice coated the balloon adding weight and forcing it down. The number of searchers was said to be five hundred men.
Source:, The Somerset Herald, (Somerset PA.), “Balloon Adventure”, July 16, 1873