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Camp Wood in Real County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Charles A. Lindbergh in Texas

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
1. Charles A. Lindbergh in Texas Marker
Inscription.  Texas was important in the career of aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-75). When he bought his first World War I surplus Jenny in Georgia, he flew it to Texarkana in 1923, so he could say he had flown in Texas -- the ambition of every barnstormer. With L. A. Klink in March 1924, he landed Klink's Canuck in Camp Wood while trying to fly to California. Next day in attempting a take-off, he accidentally crashed into Warren Puett's Store. No one was hurt, and his offer to pay for the damage was rejected. Then called "Slim," Lindbergh made many friends here.

Two weeks after visiting Camp Wood, he became a U.S. Air Service cadet at Brooks Field, San Antonio. He completed advanced flight training at Kelly Field in 1925. On May 20-21, 1927, he made the first solo flight from New York to Paris, to world acclaim.

Later in 1927, he returned to Texas, surveying the first commercial transcontinental air route through Amarillo; in 1929, he inaugurated U.S.-Mexico airmail in Brownsville. A great aviation pioneer, he drew up and proved many major world air routes. He flew in combat in World War II; collaborated in
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By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
2. Charles A. Lindbergh in Texas Marker
medical research; helped organize the Berlin airlift; and remained a hero to people of Camp Wood and Texas.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 808.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 29° 40.255′ N, 100° 0.772′ W. Marker is in Camp Wood, Texas, in Real County. Marker is on Nueces Street (State Highway 55) south of 6th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camp Wood TX 78833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Camp Wood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Mission San Lorenzo De La Santa Cruz (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dixie Settlement (approx. 3.9 miles away); Site of Nix Mill (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Pioneer Coalsons (approx. 3.9 miles away); Camp Fawcett (approx. 4.8 miles away); General John R. Baylor (approx. 9 miles away); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camp Wood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.
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