Avon in Stearns County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Charles Lindbergh’s Minnesota Roots
When Charles Lindbergh landed his airplane on May 21, 1927, after becoming the first person to fly solo and non-stop from New York to Paris, he instantly became a national hero. His background and boyhood in Minnesota prepared him well for this role. His paternal grandfather, Ola Mansson, had been a member of the Swedish National Parliament and a close friend of King Charles XV prior to his emigration to the U.S. in 1859, when he changed his name to August Lindbergh. He began farming near Melrose, located in Central Minnesota, but continued to be very active in civic affairs. His son, Charles August (C.A.), followed his father’s model. He also bought a farm, served in Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Minnesota and the U.S. Senate. In 1902, a son, Charles, was born to C.A. and Elizabeth Ledge Land Lindbergh. While C.A. represented Minnesota in Congress from 1907 to 1917, the family spent winters in Washington and summers on the farm near Little Falls.
Following his flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Charles flew his plane, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” to all 48 states. During a goodwill flight to Mexico he met Anne Morrow. They married in 1929; together they made flights to South America, Europe, Africa, and the Orient, exploring possible commercial air routes. Anne and Charles each became famous authors.
The farm at Little Falls was given by the family to the State of Minnesota as a memorial to C.A. and is now a state park; the farmhouse in which Charles lived during his formative boyhood years has been restored and is interpreted to the public by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Erected 1998 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 36.249′ N, 94° 28.57′ W. Marker is in Avon, Minnesota, in Stearns County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 94, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Middle Spunk rest area on the northbound side of I-94 N. Marker is in this post office area: Avon MN 56310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of St. John's Abbey and University (approx. 4.1 miles away); St. John's Abbey and University Old Church and Quadrangle (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saint John's Abbey and University (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. Walburg Hall (approx. 8.1 miles away); Assumption Chapel (AKA Grasshopper Chapel) (approx. 10.7 miles away).
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