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This is Savage: Sharing our History

"Lucky Lindy" Charles Lindbergh crashes in Savage

Post Date:02/24/2020 7:26 AM

Charles Lindbergh plane crash 

In the summer of 1923, an obscure pilot named Charles Lindbergh was flying to southeast Minnesota to visit his father located in Shakopee. As the 21-year old Lindbergh approached his landing site, he encountered a thunderstorm so severe he was unable to descend. As he flew around, his engine suddenly gave out causing him to land in a swampy area near the Minnesota River in Savage.  As his plane touched the ground, the nose dipped into the dirt causing the propeller to crack. By the time Lindbergh had climbed out of the ruined airplane, people had gathered to witness the wreckage. For three days Lindbergh stayed in the Savage Depot while he waited for his broken propeller to arrive and repairs to be made. Four years later, Savage's unexpected guest made world history by completing the first non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. In the months that followed, Lindbergh toured the United States with his airplane, Spirit of St. Louis. Among his stops were the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Before he left the area, however, Lindbergh made a special pass over Savage to acknowledge the hospitality and friendship extended to him a few years earlier.

If you are interested, you can explore more about Savage’s past at the Savage Public Library’s Heritage Room.

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