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Little Falls in Morrison County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Boyhood on the Mississippi

 
 
A Boyhood on the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2014
1. A Boyhood on the Mississippi Marker
Inscription.

The center of Charles Lindbergh's grand boyhood adventures was the Mississippi River. Here he fished and swam, built and 'sailed" a raft, skipped across logjams, and looked across the water's wide expanse, dreaming about the future. It was in this place that Lindbergh's wide-ranging appreciation for the natural world began taking shape.

The Mississippi River - how it has wound in and out through my life like the seasons! I grew up on its banks, swam through its rapids, portaged its headwaters with my father. From Montana to Alabama, from Wisconsin to Texas, I've barnstormed through its valley. Each flight on my mail route took me over its junction with the muddy Missouri. Now, the movement of the ocean waves below, extending on to the straight line of the horizon, reminds me of the river's wheatfields.
Charles A. Lindbergh
The Spirit of St. Louis

[Photo captions] Clockwise from far left:
Charles with his dog Spot, 1910;
Charles on his homemade raft on the Mississippi River, about 1912;
Charles and his father on a hunting trip near Little Falls, 1911

Top photo courtesy of the Lindbergh Picture Collection, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library
 
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series.
A Boyhood on the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2014
2. A Boyhood on the Mississippi Marker
Visitor Center in background, with Mississippi River in upper right
This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 57.57′ N, 94° 23.232′ W. Marker is in Little Falls, Minnesota, in Morrison County. Marker is on Lindbergh Drive South, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is along the path leading from the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Visitor Center to the Lindbergh home. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1620 Lindbergh Drive South, Little Falls MN 56345, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Little Falls and the Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); Lindbergh State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lindbergh House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tenant Farmer House (about 700 feet away); WPA Water Tower & Shelter Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The WPA Builds a Park in the Rustic Style (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Boyhood Farm of Charles Lindbergh (approx. 0.2 miles away); Childhood Memories of a Magical Place (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site MN. (Submitted on October 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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