When Charles Lindbergh Came to Town (Lordsburg)

La Marca, Jeanne. 2007. Lindbergh, Lordsburg, and Airports. Bootheel Magazine. pg 12.

The closest “city” to Rodeo is Lordsburg about 35 miles northeast (it is closer than Douglas). It is home to New Mexico’s oldest airport and was also a stop on Charles Lindbergh’s goodwill tour in 1927. On September 24th 1927, about 5 months after his Trans-Atlantic flight the Daniel Guggenheim Fund sponsored Lindbergh’s good will tour of America. Lindbergh circled the country landing in all lower 48 states and stopping at 92 cities including Lordsburg. His visit to Lordsburg was short, about half an hour but remembered.

The Lordsburg flying field was opened to aircraft on December 18th 1924 and official airport opening ceremonies were held on Labor Day 1926. Activities included an air race from Lordsburg to Hachita and back.

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