“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Pierre in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Lindbergh Landing Site

Lindbergh Landing Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2017
1. Lindbergh Landing Site Marker
Side 1
On this, then private, pasture dotted with Sioux Effigies (see marker north 2 miles), Colonel Charles Lindbergh landed his Ryan monoplane, "The Spirit of Saint Louis", September 1st 1927 at exactly 4 pm. On May 21st he had been the first person to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. His plane had no radio, literally no forward visibility, and only minimal navigation equipment, thus his flight was a true aviation "first." His tour plan was to visit all the state capitals, stimulate interest in commercial aviation, and demonstrate the safety and punctuality of flight. After a short exhibition of circles and maneuvers over Fort Pierre, Pierre, and the landing field; he landed. A crowd of 3800 including Governor Bulow and Mayor Hipple greeted his arrival. American Legionnaires, led by Commander Charles H. Burke, had prepared and secured the site. In attendance were 700 cars, 18 from out of state, and representatives from 39 SD counties. In an open car, Lindbergh led a long procession of cars through streets of Pierre to the Saint Charles hotel where the special guests would spend the night. Following a supper reception

Side 2
at Mayor Hipple's home the American Legion Scotch band led the dignitaries to the front steps of the Capitol. Mayor Hipple spoke briefly.

Lindbergh Landing Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2017
2. Lindbergh Landing Site Marker
Governor Bullow predicted that though Lindbergh had crossed the Atlantic and returned to tell of it, someday some man would leave the earth, journey to the mood and return to tell of it. To the cheering crowd of 5000 Lindbergh spoke briefly confining his remarks to an explanation of his presence in Pierre. Lindbergh declared that his trip was the forerunner of a time in the near future when people of Pierre could leave the Pierre airport and arrive at the east or west coast on the same day. He remarked that Pierre was especially fortunate to have a natural landing field and claimed that it would be important for all cities to develop airports. After an appearance at the dance in the City Auditorium he returned to the St. Charles for the night. Though planning to leave at 9 the next morning, he was delayed a bit by the need to prime the plane's oil pump. Finally at 9:e30 he took off for Cheyenne, WY This site, subsequently purchased by the city, would serve for the next 12 years as Pierre's airport.
Erected by Pierre/Fort Pierre Historical Preservation Commission with Generous support from the South Dakota Pilot's Association and Private Donations.
Location. 44° 24.844′ N, 100° 20.993′ W. Marker is near Pierre, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker is
Lindbergh Landing Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2017
3. Lindbergh Landing Site Marker
on State Highway 1804 0.2 miles north of Range Rd, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pierre SD 57501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turtle Effigy (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sioux Indian Mosaic (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Oahe Dam & Lake (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Changing Landscape (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 2.4 miles away); Fort Pierre Choteau Trading Post (approx. 2˝ miles away); Archaeology at Fort Pierre Chouteau (approx. 2˝ miles away); Fort Pierre Chouteau Site (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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