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Giant 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 50 foot skeleton towers that had a 24" or 36" rotating beacon and in the early days painted Chrome Yellow. Where electicity was unavailable they had a generator shed on the feather end of the arrow to power the beacon. The site number was painted on one side of the roof of the shed, the other side had the airway.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 about that site, including the gps location.

There were 34 Contract Air Mail (C.A.M.) routes that pilots flew the airmail over. We have arranged the arrows by their C.A.M. No._beacon No., airway and name.

Example: 1_09 NY-B Bethany-means Contract Air Mail route No. 1, beacon site No. 9 on the New York-Boston airway, Bethany, Department of Commerce Intermediate Landing Field-(abreviated to DOCILF).

You can also search by State, by going to the Arrows & Beacons page.

125 Concrete Arrow Photos

The boxes with GOLD have drone photos.

This site provides historical information only, do not use for navigation purposes. 
Arrows and Beacons may be on private property, DO NOT TRESSPASS!
1_09 NY-B
Bethany DOCILF
1
CONNECTICUT:
New Haven County
3_11 FTW-W
Turner Falls
1

OKLAHOMA:
Murray County
3_21 D-KC
Guthrie DOCILF
1

OKLAHOMA:
Logan County
3_43 D-KC
Madison
1
KANSAS:
Lyon County
3_48 D-KC
Quenemo
1

KANSAS:
Osage County
3_65 D-L
Hendersonville

TENNESSEE:
Wilson County
4_13 LA-SL
Dunn

CALIFORNIA:
San Bernardino County
4_17 LA-SL
Solomons Knob

CALIFORNIA:
San Bernardino County
04_21 LA-SL Jean DOCILF

NEVADA:
Clark County
4_22 LA-SL
Enterprise
1
NEVADA:
Clark County
4_29 LA-SL
Ute1
NEVADA:
Clark County
4_31 LA-SL
Mormon Mesa
1
NEVADA:
Clark County
4_32 LA-SL
Mormon Mesa
2
NEVADA:
Clark County
4_37A LA-SL
Bloomington
3
UTAH:
Washington County
4 LA-SL 37B
Shinob Kibe
1
UTAH:
Washington County
4_38 LA-SF
Quail Creek
4
UTAH:
Washington County
4_40A LA-SL
Black Ridge
1
UTAH:
Washington County
4_59 LA-SL
Stockton
1
UTAH:
Tooele County
5_04 SL-P
Indian Cove
1
UTAH:
Box Elder County
5_07 SL-P
Locomotive Springs1
UTAH:
Box Elder County

5_09 SL-P
Strevell DOCILF
1
IDAHO:
Cassia County
5_12 SL-P
Idahome DOCILF
1
IDAHO:
Cassia County
5_14A SL-P
Lake Walcott
1
IDAHO:
Cassia County
5_23A SL-P
Glenn's Ferry
1
IDAHO:
Elmore County
05_24 SL-P
Elmore
IDAHO:
Elmore County
5_26 SL-P
Crater Rings
1
IDAHO:
Elmore County
5_27 SL-P
Regina / Regena
1
IDAHO:
Ada County
5_29 SL-P
South Boise
1
IDAHO:
Ada County
5_46 SL-P
Meacham
1
OREGON:
Umatilla County
8_27 SF-S
Gazelle
1
CALIFORNIA:
Siskiyou County
8 28B SF-S
Montague DOCILF
1
CALIFORNIA:
Siskiyou County
8_29A SF-S
Black Mt.
1
CALIFORNIA:
Siskiyou County
8_34 SF-S
Nugget Butte
OREGON:
Jackson
County
8_35 SF-S
Beacon Hill
1
OREGON:
Josephine County
8_37A SF-S
Wolf Creek
1
OREGON:
Douglas County
8_39B SF-S
Myrtle Creek
1
OREGON:
Douglas County
8_40B SF-S
Roseburg E

OREGON:
Douglas County
8_44 SF-S
Cottage Grove DOCILF

OREGON:
Lane County
9_33 C-TC
St. Paul
1
MINNESOTA:
Washington County
11_9A W-C
McConnellsburg
1
PENNSYLVANIA:
Fulton / Franklin County
11_23 W-C
Stone Mt.
1
PENNSYLVANIA:
Adams County
18_1A SF-SL
Oakland E
1
CALIFORNIA:
Alameda County
18_1B
Acalanes Ridge
1
CALIFORNIA:
Contra Costa County
18_14B SF-SL
Troy
1
CALIFORNIA:
Placer County
18_15 SF-SL
Donner
1
CALIFORNIA:
Nevada County
18_18 SF-SL
Mogul
1

NEVADA:
Washoe County
18_20 SF-SL
Tracy Clark
1

NEVADA:
Washoe County
18_27 SF-SL
Coal Canyon
1

NEVADA:
Pershing County
18_28 SF-SL
Buena Vista
1
NEVADA:
Pershing County
18_31 SF-SL
Mill City
1

NEVADA:
Pershing County
18_32 SF-SL
Buffalo Valley
1
NEVADA:
Lander County
18_34_SF-SL
Elgon/Eglon
1
NEVADA:
Humboldt County
18_35 SF-SL
Golconda
1
NEVADA:
Humboldt County
18_36A SF-SL
Pumpernickel
1
NEVADA:
Humboldt County
18_36B SF-SL
Stonehouse
1

NEVADA:
Humboldt County
18_37 SF-SL
Mote
1
NEVADA:
Humboldt County
18_37B SF-SL
Beowawe DOCILF
1
NEVADA:
Eureka
County
18_45 SF-SL
Welcome
1
NEVADA:
Elko County
18_49B SF-SL
Shafter DOCILF
1
NEVADA:
Elko County
18_50 SF-SL
Silver Zone Pass
1
NEVADA:
Elko County
18_56 SF-SL
Low
1

UTAH:
Tooele County
18_59 SF-SL
Poverty Point
1
UTAH:
Tooele County
18_61A SF-SL
Lakepoint
1
UTAH:
Tooele County
18_12 SL-O
Granger DOCILF


WYOMING:
Sweetwater County
18_14 SL-O
Bryan
1
WYOMING:
Sweetwater County

18_17 SL-O
Thayer Junction
1
WYOMING:
Sweetwater County
18_18 SL-O
Point of Rocks
1
WYOMING:
Sweetwater County
18_20 SL-O
Bitter Creek DOCILF
1
WYOMING:
Sweetwater County
18_29 SL-O
Dana
1
WYOMING:
Carbon County
18_31 SL-O
Carbon
1
WYOMING:
Carbon County
18_32 SL-O
Medicine Bow DOCILF
1
WYOMING:
Carbon County
18_36 SF-O
Bamforth Lake
1
WYOMING:
Albany County
18_37 SL-O
Pilot Hill
1
WYOMING:
Albany County
18_38 SL-O
Hecla
1
WYOMING:
Laramie County
18_40 SL-O
Silver Crown
1
WYOMING:
Laramie County
18_42 SL-O
Westedt
1
WYOMING:
Laramie County
18 43 SL-O
Hillsdale
1
WYOMING:
Laramie County
18_49 SL-O
Potter
1
NEBRASKA:
Cheyenne County
18_36 O-C
Scarboro
1
ILLINOIS:
Lee County
19_32 A-NY
Reidville
1
SOUTH CAROLINA:
Spartanburg County
22_37 B-FTW
Schwertner
1
TEXAS:
Williamson County
24_06 C-C
Rushville
1
INDIANA:
Rush County
24_07 C-C
Parkinson
1
INDIANA:
Rush County
24_08 C-C
Shelbyville DOCILF
1
INDIANA:
Shelby County
26_1 SL-GF
Farmington
1
UTAH:
Davis County
26_13 SL-GF
Crystal
1
UTAH:
Power County
26_24 SL-GF
Dubois DOCILF
1
IDAHO:
Clark County
30_03A A-C
Allatoona Dam
1
GEORGIA:
Bartow County
32_30 P-S
Tyler


WASHINGTON:
Spokane County
33_57A SD-ELP
Rodeo DOCILF
1
NEW MEXICO:
Hildago County
33_60B SD-ELP
Hachita DOCILF
1
NEW MEXICO:
Grant County
33_65 SD-ELP
Columbus DOCILF
1
NEW MEXICO:
Luna County
33_68 SD-ELP
Mt. Riley DOCILF
1
NEW MEXICO:
Doña Ana County
33_3 ELP-FTW
Buckhorn W
1
TEXAS:
Hudspeth County
33_4 ELP-FTW
Buckhorn E.
1
TEXAS:
Hudspeth County
33_6 ELP-FTW
Mickey Draw
1
TEXAS:
Hudspeth County
33_8A ELP_FTW
Salt Flat DOCILF
1
TEXAS:
Hudspeth County
33_11 ELP-FTW
Delaware DOCILF
1
TEXAS:
Culberson County
33_12 ELP_FTW
Castile Hill
1
TEXAS:
Culberson County
33_14 ELP-FTW
Screw Bean Draw
1
TEXAS:
Reeves County
33_16 ELP_FTW
Porterville
1
TEXAS:
Loving County
33_19 ELP-FTW
Amburgery
1
TEXAS: Winkler County
33_23 ELP_FTW
Odessa DOCILF
1
TEXAS:
Ector County
33_26 ELP-FTW
Germania
1
TEXAS:
Midland County
33_36 ELP-FTW
Beacon Hill
1
TEXAS:
Nolan County
33_53 FTW-A
Lauderdale

MISSISSIPPI:
Lauderdale County
34_59 LA-A
Churchrock
1
NEW MEXICO:
McKinley County
34_61 LA-A
Prewitt
1
NEW MEXICO:
McKinley County
34 68 LA-A
Continental Divide
1
NEW MEXICO:
McKinley County
34_62 LA-A
Grants-Milan Airport
1
NEW MEXICO:
Cibola County
34_63 LA-A
Acomita
1
NEW MEXICO:
Cibola County
34_64 LA-A
Cubero
1
NEW MEXICO:
Cibola County
34_66 LA-A
Suwanee1
NEW MEXICO:
Cibola County

34_67 LA-A
La Mesita Negra1
NEW MEXICO:
Bernalillo County
34_68 LA-A
La Mesita Negra
1
NEW MEXICO:
Bernalillo County
34_78A LA-A
Dilla-Anton
1
NEW MEXICO:Guadalupe County
34_81 LA-A
Cuervo DOCILF
1
NEW MEXICO:Guadalupe County
34_14 AM-KC
Fargo DOCILF
1
OKLAHOMA:
Woodward County
34_24 AM-KC
Anthony DOCILF
1
KANSAS:
Harper County
34 25 AM-KC
Danville
1
KANSAS:
Harper County
34_26 AM-KC
Milan
34_26
KANSAS:
Sumner County
34 28 AM-KC
Baynesville
34_28
KANSAS:
Sedgwick County
34_2 C-P
Newark DOCILF
34_02
OHIO:
Licking County
34_25 C-P
Williamsburg
34_25
PENNSYLVANIA:
Huntingdon County
 
 

2 Destroyed Sites

8_48 SF-S
Indian Head
1
OREGON:
Linn County
32_25 P-S
Lind DOCILF
1
WASHINGTON:
Adams County
 
 
 
 
 

6 Metal Arrows

59B LA-A
El Morrow
1
NEW MEXICO:
Cibola County
79B LA-A
Thompson 1
NEW MEXICO:Guadalupe County
79 LA-A
Colonias
1
NEW MEXICO:Guadalupe County
84 LA-A
Liberty Mesa
1
NEW MEXICO:
Quay County
87 LA-A
San Jon
1
NEW MEXICO:
Quay County
89 LA-A
Glenrio
1
TEXAS:
Oldham County
 

Other Type Arrows Air Marks

Phoenix
Arrow
1
ARIZONA:
Maricopa County
Tulsa
Arrow
1
OKLAHOMA:
Tulsa County
Mogollon Rim
Arrow
1
ARIZONA:
Coconino County
Dingmans Ferry
Arrow

1
PENNSYLVANIA:
Pike County
 
 
 

We have been on 4 Arrow Quests

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,

June 6, 2018-June 29: 6,100 miles will be added soon

 

"Large Arrows in America's Badlands"

You may have learned about the concrete arrows on the TV show "What On Earth", on the Discovery Channel.
We did a segment for it in 2015, which aired in February 2016, if you haven't seen it check you local listings as it is in re-runs all the time.

"America's mysterious concrete arrows"

CNN Travel published an article about us looking for the concrete arrow.

Air Mail Turns 100- Click this link to learn about Centennial Celebrations

Interesting Airmail Links

Happy Exploring. 

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