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Godfrey in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lindbergh Relay Station

 
 
Lindbergh Relay Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 2, 2020
1. Lindbergh Relay Station Marker
Inscription.  Charles A. Lindbergh, Air Mail Pilot, personally selected the 40-acre site on Airport Road for use as an emergency landing field during the Chicago-St. Louis mail flights. In August 1926, the United States Government leased the level tract of land from William L. Waters, owner of the Benjamin (Godfrey) home at 6808 Godfrey Rd.

The landing strip was illuminated by flood lights placed 200 feet apart and marked by a 1250 candle power beacon atop a 60-foot steel tower. Mail pilots used the landing strip when weather, visibility or mechanical problems did not permit a safe flight into Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri, for mail delivery.

This small frame station, equipped with a telephone connection, was erected on the field to store supplies (oil, fuel, and parts) for mail planes, to offer a cot for overnight, and to provide a place to keep the mail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCommunications.
 
Location. 38° 58.163′ N, 90° 11.641′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Illinois, in Madison County
Lindbergh Relay Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 2, 2020
2. Lindbergh Relay Station Marker
Next to a reproduction of the building, similar to what was located at the relay station
. Marker is on Godfrey Road (U.S. 67) north of Lars Hoffman Crossing, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at Homer Adams Park, next to Godfrey's municipal buildings. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6810 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey IL 62035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Godfrey Mansion (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Godfrey (approx. 0.9 miles away); Godfrey Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monticello College (approx. 1.3 miles away); Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 3.3 miles away); North Alton Confederate Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Godfrey.
 
Also see . . .  Dunphy: Lindbergh: aviator and political extremist. An editorial piece from The Telegraph (Alton's newspaper), from local history John J. Dunphy, where he writes about the city of Alton and Godfrey's connection with Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh would make his famous flight over the Atlantic in 1927, but his later life was filled with controversy. Dunphy provides a perspective on both sides of Lindbergh. (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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