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Charles Linbergh's Excelsior

When Linbergh was in high school, he ordered a new twin-cylinder 1920 model Excelsior "X" motorcycle from Martin Engstrom's hardware store in his hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota. He paid $290 for the motorcycle and was known around town for his fast and sometimes reckless riding. Locals remember him riding along the steep banks of the Mississippi River past a local power plant on his way back and forth to town. The owner of the power plant became concerned that Lindbergh was going to ride right off the bank and into the river, so he blocked the trail, forcing Lindbergh to take a safer route to town. Lindbergh didn't just use the Excelsior for around town rides, it also carried him some significant distances, especially considering the roads at that time. In 1920, he rode from Little Falls to Madison, Wisconsin to attend engineering college. Two years later he made a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska where he entered flight school. That trip was made during the spring, when abundant rainfall made for poor road conditions. Around the town of New Glarus, WI, Lindergh found himself in a particularly muddy stretch of road and eventually got stuck.


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Date Listed: 2 Mar 2013

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