Calbraith "Cal" Rodgers, the first man to fly across the United States, landed near this spot on Oct. 10, 1911. The flight took 49 days. Nebo was one of 68 recorded landing sites.
Rodgers' aircraft was a Wright EX biplane named the "Vin Fiz" after a popular soft drink of the day. During the flight which followed the railroad coast to coast, Rodgers was accompanied by a special train with mechanics and spare parts, (and his wife).
The appearance of the "Vin Fiz", the first airplane that most people had ever seen brought great excitement to the village of Nebo, Illinois that October morning, 1911.