Crash site historical marker.

Charles Lindbergh Crash Site #1

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Wedron, Illinois

Charles Lindbergh was nicknamed "Lucky Lindy" for a reason; no other pilot in his era had jumped out of as many crashing planes -- four -- and lived. His first two crashes were at airports (Kelly Field in Texas and Lambert Field in Missouri). His last two happened within two months and 100 miles of each other, over farm fields in Illinois, when Lindbergh was an air mail pilot. Both events have been commemorated with roadside markers. Lots of air mail pilots crashed, but Lindbergh was the only one famous enough to merit memorials -- and he didn't even die.

Lindbergh's first crash occurred over the tiny hamlet of Sulphur Springs, Illinois, on the night of September 16, 1926. It wasn't Lindy's fault; he had been trying to land in Chicago but the fog was too thick. He then decided to return to St. Louis, but unknown to him a mechanic had replaced his plane's 110-gallon gas tank with one that held only 80 gallons. Lindbergh ran out of fuel midway, and bailed out. Floating to earth in his parachute, he barely escaped being cut to ribbons, over and over, by the still-spinning propeller of the plane as it spiraled to the ground.

It took a while, but on the 75th anniversary of the crash, the folks at the La Salle County Historical Society unveiled an impressive granite slab at the site. This joined a marker already in place at Lindbergh's other Illinois crash site, near the town of Covell.

Also see: Sky Kings

Charles Lindbergh Crash Site #1

Address:
N. 3372 Rd, Wedron, IL
Directions:
I-80 exit 93. Drive north on Hwy 71 for three miles, turn left at the sign for Wedron onto N. 2153rd Rd. There is also a sign indicating Historical Marker. Drive for about 2 miles to N. 3372 Rd. and turn left, turn left again at about 1/8 mile onto E. 2072 Rd. Marker will be right next to the white barn about 100 feet away, directly across from the big white farmhouse. There is also a gravel road that will get you there. It's on the left just before the intersection with N. 3372 Rd, and it has a sign indicating the Lindbergh site. But the granite marker is accessible via paved roads.
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