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A Dedicated Mail Man
93 years ago on November 3,1926, just days before the start of The Mother Road,and 500 ft South of the marker pictured above, a mailman crashed his plane and well, the rest is History ........ A Mailman who took his oath Seriously... "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" OR PLANE CRASH ?? 93 years ago November 3, 1926 a few months before the construction of Route 66 just outside Covell, Illinois.

Less than two months after Charles Lindbergh, an air mail pilot, crashed outside of Sulphur Springs, Illinois, he was again trapped in bad weather over the Land of Lincoln with no place to land himself. On the night of November 3, 1926, with his gas gauge on "E," Lindbergh flew as far as he could out over the country near Covell and bailed out at 13,000 feet. The plane crashed only a hundred yards behind a farm house, but the weather was so bad that no one realized it until the next morning. Lindbergh landed on a barbed-wire fence. The story goes on to tell how this crash was less than 6 months before his Trans Atlantic Flight, according to the Pantagraph.....

- by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway correspondent Rod Ferguson.