The Melrose Area Historical Society is an affiliate of the Stearns County Historical Society.


Charles Lindbergh, Sr

August and Louisa Lindbergh, parents of legislator Charles Lindbergh, Sr. and grandparents of aviator Charles Lindbergh, Jr., homesteaded in Melrose in 1859. The famed aviator spent his childhood summers visiting his grandparents farm in this area. On May 20, 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh, a modest Air Mail pilot and former barnstormer became an instant hero by being the first aviator to make a solo, non-stop, transatlantic flight. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, flying the 'Spitit of St. Louis', and landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris 33 hours and 30 minutes later. He covered a distance of 3,610 miles.

Aviation Milestones

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