after his solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, Charles
A. Lindbergh made a three-month cross-country tour of
America in his Ryan monoplane, sponsored by wealthy aviation
enthusiast Harry Guggenheim.
Sept. 6, Lindbergh flew from Butte to Helena via the Swan
Lake Valley, Glacier National Park, and Great Falls. The trip
took nearly seven hours. In Helena, Lindbergh was greeted
by Montana Governor John E. Erickson and Helena Mayor Percy
Witmer, then driven to the Fairgrounds where he gave a short
speech and greeted the public.
Mayor and Governor then took him on a driving tour around
the city, including the Fort Harrison grounds. Lindbergh rested
at the Placer Hotel before a brief evening appearance at a
banquet held in the ballroom of the Algeria Shrine Temple
next day, Lindberg flew back to Butte via Billings and Yellowstone
Park. The flight took six hours.