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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Covell, Illinois

About forty miles southeast of Peoria, there is a tiny town of Shirley, Illinois.  It lies on I-55 about 7 or 8 miles from Bloomington and Normal.  Nearby, is the unincorporated community of Covell.

On the night of November 3, 1926, Charles Lindbergh was flying the mail from Springfield to Peoria and found himself trapped above the clouds.  With only ten minutes of gas left in his tank, he climbed to 13,000 feet and bailed out.  Well, that set a night-time record for parachute jumps but soon left Lindy hanging on a barbed wire fence near Shirley.  He soon walked into the Covell general store and asked if anyone had heard a plane crash.

We stopped in front of this farmhouse and took a look at the brick marker that identifies the location of Lindy's adventure.


This was his second crash in less than two months.  They didn't call him "Lucky Lindy" without good cause.  For more information on the two crashes, check this web page.

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