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Moundsville in Marshall County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lindy’s Landing

 
 
Lindy’s Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2009
1. Lindy’s Landing Marker
Inscription. The “Spirit of St. Louis,” piloted by Charles Lindberg landed in Moundsville .1 mile west at Langin Field, Aug. 4, 1927. Seen by 140,000 locally, he led aviation into the rocket era, creating the U.S. air transportation network.
 
Erected 2002 by West Virginia Division of Archives and History, sponsored by Moundsville historians Thomas James, Mamie Legg and Joseph Roberts.
 
Location. 39° 55.458′ N, 80° 45.002′ W. Marker is in Moundsville, West Virginia, in Marshall County. Marker is on Lafayette Avenue (West Virginia Route 2) half a mile south of North Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 250), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moundsville WV 26041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recipients of the Purple Heart (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Brick School House (approx. half a mile away); Volunteers in the Spanish-American War (approx. half a mile away); Moundsville / Capt. James Harrod (approx. half a mile away); Benjamin C. Criswell (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Cannons
Lindy’s Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2009
2. Lindy’s Landing Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Marshall County Commemorates Service Men and Women (approx. half a mile away); Grave Creek Mound (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moundsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lindbergh Lands In Moundsville. 2002 article by Thomas O. James. “West Virginia was slated for a [goodwill tour] visit [after Lindbergh’s return from France] and the most populous city, Wheeling, was selected as the site for his appearance. ‘Civic leaders of the prosperous river city raised several thousand dollars’ to purchase all the supplies needed to prepare the West Virginia State Fair Grounds on Wheeling Island for Lindbergh’s address. However, Wheeling had no airport at the time, and since the only federally recognized airfield in West Virginia was located at Moundsville, it was decided that Langin Field, (named for James Joseph Langin, an Air Service hero), would receive the Spirit of St. Louis and welcome ‘Lindy’ to the Mountain State. This airfield was located between W.Va. State Route 2 and the Ohio river, adjacent to the former Alexander Mine. Langin Field was part of a proposed ‘Model Airway,’ an early coast-to-coast flight path. Situated between Washington
Charles Lindbergh Lands the Spirit of St. Louis at Langin Field in Moundsville image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, August 4, 1927
3. Charles Lindbergh Lands the Spirit of St. Louis at Langin Field in Moundsville
On August 4, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Langin Field in Moundsville.
Courtesy: West Virginia Division of Culture and History
and Dayton, Langin was often used as a mid-way refueling stop for biplane style aircraft. It had a spacious hanger in which the Spirit of St. Louis was housed overnight. Although nothing remains today of that hanger, a portion of the airfield is kept mowed and the site now is parceled out as a baseball diamond, a large, private vegetable garden and the Moundsville Water Pumping Station.” (Submitted on July 1, 2009.) 

2. Charles Lindbergh at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 9, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Video - - "...Flight Across the Atlantic" (Courtesy: Abben Hung / YouTube) A class project ::. (Submitted on March 15, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Perkins Restaurant Takes Flight in Moundsville. (Submitted on January 13, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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