Lake Highlands history: Skillman was Lindbergh for a minute

Charles Lindbergh

We dug pretty deep into Lake Highlands history with our July cover story, but there is so much more. There are a dozen interesting items that did not make it into print and probably a million more things waiting to be uncovered. One tidbit printed in our East Dallas/Lakewood magazine that was not in the Lake Highlands edition is the story about Skillman Street, a thoroughfare us Lake Highlands dwellers cannot avoid.

In the 1920s, the country was enamored of aviation expert Charles Lindbergh. It was 1927, just a few months after Lindbergh made his first solo flight over the Atlantic, when he came to visit Dallas and spread aviation awareness. Shortly thereafter, the city named a newly paved stretch of road between Mockingbird Lane and Swiss Avenue as Lindbergh Drive. But, as WWII brewed, Lindbergh was suspected of being a Nazi sympathizer due to his vocal antiwar views. On Dec. 3, 1941, just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the city council voted to rename the road and, two days later, every sign had been changed to Skillman Street.

We had a longer piece about this on the blog back in 2011. Scroll to the comments if you wish to dive down the rabbit hole.

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