Discover historic places relating to Charles Lindbergh, his family, and the surrounding area at your own pace. Choose one of the suggested itineraries or explore them all.
Nature trail walking tour
Charles Lindbergh once said that the Mississippi River “has wound its way in and out of my life like the seasons." Follow the Lindbergh historic site nature trail down to the river’s edge, see the Lindbergh House from a different perspective, and be on the lookout for wildlife. Continue on the trail, which connects to the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and Charles A. Lindbergh State Park trail systems.
Little Falls Driving Tour
Take a driving tour to discover sites that showcase Little Falls’s history and how the Lindbergh family contributed to the area. Visit the cemetery where his half-sisters, Lillian Lindbergh Roberts and Edith Lindbergh, are buried, see the buildings from which his father ran his law practice, and much more.
WPA walking tour
Take a self-guided walking tour that highlights WPA (Works Progress Administration) structures from the 1930s that remain at the historic site and within the state park.
About the WPA
During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt’s administration created a number of work relief programs designed to help Americans make it through hard times. The WPA (Works Progress Administration) was created in 1935 and put unemployed men and women to work during the Great Depression. It was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”
More than 8 million Americans worked for the WPA nationwide on a variety of public projects. The WPA built roads, bridges, sewers, and park buildings, and made significant contributions in human services and the arts. The Works Progress Administration was responsible for turning the abandoned Lindbergh home and surrounding property into a historic site and state park.
The WPA at the Lindbergh Site
By the 1930s, the childhood home of famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh had been badly damaged by souvenir-hunters. In 1936, the WPA began restoration of the house, which, along with the adjoining farmland, had been given to the state of Minnesota by the Lindberghs. Today, the homesite is a National Historic Landmark managed by the Minnesota Historical Society.
The WPA at Lindbergh State Park
The WPA also put in two miles of footpaths, planted 4,000 trees and bushes, and built shelters, parking lots and other amenities on the Lindbergh property, creating what is now a state park. One of the shelters is still in use, and several other structures have survived.
Walking tour highlights:
- Park Shelter
One of the first WPA buildings in the park and known as the “Kitchen Shelter” because it includes a fireplace and stove.
- Water Tower
Built of native granite in 1936, it once held 5,000 gallons of water.
- Restroom Building
A pine structure built around 1939 and is still in use.
- Drinking Fountains
Made of native granite in 1939.
- Trail Shelter Ruin
Down the river bluffs, four stone walls remain from this structure, which was built around 1936.
- Lindbergh Childhood Home
The childhood home of Charles Lindbergh. Access to the home is by guided tour only.
- Caretaker/Farmer Home
Built around 1901, this was home of the Lindberghs’ hired farmer and later of the park caretaker.
Approximate site where, as a child, Lindbergh built a suspension bridge over Pike Creek — a Mississippi tributary.