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121 Concrete Arrows

These giant arrows were called Beacon Stations and helped guide the pilots of early airmail flights across the nation.  They were at the base of skeleton towers that had a 24" beacon and in the early days painted Chrome Yellow. They pointed to the next higher numbered beacon station, directing the pilot along his route. All arrows pointed east on the west-east airways and north on the south-north airways.  They were built between December 1926 and November 1932, when metal arrows became the standard. Each photo is a link to a webpage with more photos and information.

The boxes with GOLD have drone photos.
1_09 NY-B
Bethany
3_11 FTW-W
Turner Falls
3_21 D-KC
Guthrie DOCILF
3_43 D-KC
Madison
3_48 D-KC
Quenemo
4_13 LA-SL
Dunn
4_17 LA-SL
Solomons Knob
4_22 LA-SL
Enterprise
4_29 LA-SL
Ute
4_31 LA-SL
Mormon Mesa
1
4_32 LA-SL
Mormon Mesa
2
4_37A LA-SL
Bloomington
3
4 LA-SL 37B
Shinob Kibe
4_38 LA-SF
Quail Creek
4
4_40A LA-SL
Black Ridge
1
4_59 LA-SL
Stockton
1
5_04 SL-P
Indian Cove
1
5_07 SL-P
Locomotive Springs1

5_09 SL-P
Strevell DOCILF
1
5_12 SL-P
Idahome DOCILF
1
5_14A SL-P
Lake Walcott
1
5_23A SL-P
Glenn's Ferry
1
5_26 SL-P
Crater Rings
1
5_27 SL-P
Regina / Regena
1
5_29 SL-P
South Boise
1
5_46 SL-P
Meacham
1
8_27 SF-S
Gazelle
1
8 28B SF-S
Montague DOCILF
1
8_29A SF-S
Black Mt.
1
8_34 SF-S
Nuggett Butte
1
8_35 SF-S
Beacon Hill
1
8_37A SF-S
Wolf Creek
1
8_39B SF-S
Myrtle Creek
1
8_40B SF-S
Roseburg E
8_44 SF-S
Cottage Grove DOCILF
9_33 C-TC
St. Paul
1
11_9A W-C
McConnellsburg
1
11_23 W-C
Stone Mt.
1
18_1A SF-SL
Oakland E
1
18_1B
Acalanes Ridge
1
18_14B SF-SL
Troy
1
18_15 SF-SL
Donner
1
18_18 SF-SL
Mogul
1
18_20 SF-SL
Tracy Clark
1
18_27 SF-SL
Coal Canyon
1
18_28 SF-SL
Buena Vista
1
18_31 SF-SL
Mill City
1
18_32 SF-SL
Buffalo Valley
1
18_34_SF-SL
Elgon/Eglon
1
18_35 SF-SL
Golconda
1
18_36A SF-SL
Pumpernickle
1
18_36B SF-SL
Stonehouse
1
18_37 SF-SL
Mote
1
18_37B SF-SL
Beowawe DOCILF
1
18_45 SF-SL
Welcome
1
18_49B SF-SL
Shafter DOCILF
1
18_50 SF-SL
Silver Zone Pass
1
18_56 SF-SL
Low
1
18_59 SF-SL
Poverty Point
1
18_61A SF-SL
Lakepoint
1
18_14 SL-O
Bryan
1
18_17 SL-O
Thayer Junction
1
18_18 SL-O
Point of Rocks
1
18_20 SL-O
Bitter Creek DOCILF
1
18_29 SL-O
Dana
1
18_31 SL-O
Carbon
1
18_32 SL-O
Medicine Bow DOCILF
1
18_36 SF-O
Bamforth Lake
1
18_37 SL-O
Pilot Hill
1
18_38 SL-O
Hecla
1
18_40 SL-O
Silver Crown
1
18_42 SL-O
Westedt
1
18 43 SL-O
Hillsdale
1
18_49 SL-O
Potter
1
18_36 O-C
Scarboro
1
19_32 A-NY
Reidsville
1
22_37 B-FTW
Schwertner
1
24_6 C-C
Rushville
1
24_7 C-C
Parkinson
1
24_8 C-C
Shelbyville
1
26_1 SL-GF
Farmington
1
26_13 SL-GF
Crystal
1
26_24 SL-GF
Dubois DOCILF
1
30_03A A-C
Allatoona Dam
1
33_57A SD-ELP
Rodeo DOCILF
1
33_60B SD-ELP
Hachita DOCILF
1
33_65 SD-ELP
Columbus DOCILF
1
33_68 SD-ELP
Mt. Riley DOCILF
1
33_3 ELP-FTW
Buckhorn W
1
33_4 ELP-FTW
Buckhorn E.
1
33_6 ELP-FTW
Mickey Draw
1
33_8A ELP_FTW
Salt Flat DOCILF
1
33_11 ELP-FTW
Delaware DOCILF
1
33_12 ELP_FTW
Castile Hill
1
33_14 ELP-FTW
Screw Bean Draw
1
33_16 ELP_FTW
Porterville
1
33_19 ELP-FTW
Amburgery
1
33_23 ELP_FTW
Odessa DOCILF
1
33_26 ELP-FTW
Germania
1
33_36 ELP-FTW
Beacon Hill
1
34_59 LA-A
Churchrock
1
34 60 LA-A
Continental Divide
1
34_61 LA-A
Prewitt
1
34_62 LA-A
Grants-Milan Airport
1
34_63 LA-A
Acomita
1
34_64 LA-A
Cubero
1
34_66 LA-A
Suwanee
34_67 LA-A
La Mesita Negra
34_68 LA-A
La Mesita Negra
1
34_78A LA-A
Dilla-Anton
1
34_81 LA-A
Cuervo DOCILF
1
34_14 AM-KC
Fargo DOCILF
1
34_24 AM-KC
Anthony DOCILF
1
34 25 AM-KC
Danville
1
34_26 AM-KC
Milan
34_26
34 28 AM-KC
Baynesville
34_28
34_2 C-P
Newark DOCILF
34_02
34_25 C-P
Williamsburg
34_25
 

New Finds

04_21 LA-SL Jean DOCILF

33_53 FTW-A Lauderdale
         

2 Destroyed Sites

8_48 SF-S
Indian Head
1
32_25 P-S
Lind DOCILF
1
 
 
 
 
 

7 Metal Arrows

34_56 LA-A
Apache
1
59B LA-A
El Morrow
1
79B LA-A
Thompson 1
79 LA-A
Colonias
84 LA-A
Liberty Mesa
1
87 LA-A
San Jon
1
89 LA-A
Glenrio
1

3 Other Type Arrows

Phoenix Arrow
Tulsa Arrow
Mongollon Rim
 
 
 
 

We have been on 3 Arrow Quests to date.

When we started our arrow quest in the summer of 2013 we did not realize the adventure and impact it would have on our lives. We have met many wonderful people along the way and realize how remarkable America and the pursuit of history can be.

It is remarkable that these dusty broken hunks of concrete in isolated locations can bring out a passion in us and the people we encounter.

2014 -California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona

2015-California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada

2017-California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming,

Today some of these historical sites are being returned to their days of glory. 

Dubois Airport, Dubois ID

Happy Exploring. 

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You may have learned about the concrete arrows on the TV show "What On Earth", that we did a segment for, if you haven't seen it check you local listings as it is in re-runs all the time.