Little Falls in Morrison County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Tenant Farmer House
Home to Workers
This is the original Lindbergh Farm tenant farmer house, built about the same time as the Charles A. Lindbergh home, across the road to the east.
Some of these farm workers brought playmates for young Charles. Somewhat isolated on the farm, Charles was able to play in the barn and hayloft with the children who resided here.
Help on the Farm
When Lindbergh was about 16 years old, Daniel Thompson came to live at the tenant farmer house. Lindbergh later described him as a "lanky pipe-smoking Norwegian about seventy years of age." Thompson wanted to retire to a place where he could live on his "slender income."
Thompson helped with the sheep and cattle and repaired fences. He was also the handyman who aided Lindbergh with building the infamous bridge across Pike Creek with barbed wire and poles.
Every spring, the tenant farmer would prepare the garden before the Lindberghs arrived for the summer. Charles and his mother would plant quick-sprouting seeds such as radish and lettuce. They enjoyed the garden and working the soil.
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Minnesota Historical Society
W. Altee Burpee & Co. 1910 Seed Catalog
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
The Lindbergh barn.
Art by Wes Sod. Described by Alex Johnson.
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
Location. 45° 57.525′ N, 94° 23.377′ W. Marker is in Little Falls, Minnesota, in Morrison County. Marker is on Lindbergh Drive South, on the right when traveling south. Marker and house are in the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, just southwest of the entrance station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1620 Lindbergh Drive South, Little Falls MN 56345, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big White Pine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The WPA Builds a Park in the Rustic Style (about 400 feet away); The Boyhood Farm of Charles Lindbergh (about 400 feet away); Childhood Memories of a Magical Place (about 400 feet away); WPA Water Tower & Shelter Building (about 400 feet away); Lindbergh HouseLindbergh State Park (about 600 feet away); A Boyhood on the Mississippi (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
Also see . . . Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site MN. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.