Near Pierre in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Lindbergh Landing Site
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
at Mayor Hipple's home the American Legion Scotch band led the dignitaries to the front steps of the Capitol. Mayor Hipple spoke briefly.
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 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turtle Effigy (approx. 1½ miles away); Sioux Indian Mosaic (approx. 1½ 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); South Dakota State Capitol (approx. 3.3 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 3.3 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 53 times since then. 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.