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35 SF-SL Golconda

GPS: 40.925068, -117.398107

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NEVADA: Humboldt County

35 SF-SL Golconda, site No. 35 on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
AKA site No. 35 near Preble on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway

GPS: 40.925068, -117.398107

Transcontinental Airway

Route established September 8, 1920

Pilots Log February 21, 1921, Between SLC + 363. Humboldt Lake, NEV. and SLC + 388. Hazen, Nev. segment
U. S. Post Office pilots

Night Airmail

Flights started on July 1, 1924

Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
Route established July 1, 1927
San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
Reno-Elko section
Boeing Air Transport awarded CAM #18 on January 28, 1927


Air Comerce Bulletin Vol 2 No.10 Page 265
This SF-SL airway beacon will be discontinued effective November 30, 1930. 
Site No. 35__ 2,000,000 candlepower beacon light in operation near Preble and two red course lights flashing characteristic No. 5

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Observations and Notes

The Golconda Arrow was visited in the early morning hours, which made the light perfect for taking pictures.  The air was clear and fresh, and the sky a bright blue.  The access to the arrow is several miles up a dirt road.  Thankfully we were in a jeep because at one point I had to use 4-wheel drive, as there was loose dirt and rock going uphill.  From the arrow we could see I-80 off in the distance.  The surrounding snow-capped mountains were just beautiful. 

The arrow is basically complete, except the pad where the generator shed sat.  All that remains of the pad is the outside foundation. 

The total length is 58 feet.
The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 130° (SE), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 107° (E-SE).
(All measurements and compass headings are approximate).

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