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14A SL-P Lake Walcott

GPS: 42.541296, -113.455847

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Location / Airway

Location / Name

IDAHO: Cassia County

14A SL-P Lake Walcott, site No. 14A on the Salt Lake-Pasco airway
AKA site No. 14A on the Salt Lake-Pendelton airway

GPS: 42.541296, -113.455847

Contract Air Mail

C.A.M. #5 Salt Lake City-Pasco
Salt Lake-Pasco airway
Salt Lake City-Burley section


Walter T. Varney, Varney Airlines
Contract awarded October 7, 1925
Elko-Pasco airway began April 6, 1926
Reorganized to Salt Lake-Pasco airway, which began October 1, 1926


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Observations and Notes

The Lake Walcott Arrow is located on a large prairie just north of I-84. 

For us to reach it though we had to take back-county roads, and then a dirt road across a large field.  The closest we could get to it by car was ¾ of a mile.  While my wife stayed in the car, I started hiking through the prairie grass to the arrow.  In a lot of spots the grass was 3-4 feet high, and in addition I had to weave my way large groups of sage brush. 

The arrow is located on a very small rise out in the middle of this tall grass, and is hidden as you approach.  You can’t see until you’re standing right on the top of it.  If it wasn’t for a GPS locator app on my smart phone, and a regular compass, I would have missed it completely.

The arrow is intact and in basically good condition.  However, someone has piled a large group of rocks on the center concrete pad where the beacon stood, and on the arrow tip itself.  All that’s left of the rear concrete pad where the generator shed stood is the outside concrete footing.  The arrow is 62 feet in length.

The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 330° (N-NW), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 277° (W).

All measurements and compass headings are approximate.


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National Geodetic Survey Data Sheet PID-NU1678

Described by Coast and Geodetic Survey 1950 (WRH)
Station is the revolving light on the Salt Lake City, Utah To Pendleton, Oregon airway beacon no. 14A.  The beacon is 66 feet high and supported on a 4-legged steel tower.  The beacon and peak of tower is painted orange and the remainder of the tower is painted white.  Aside from the main white beam of light the beacon flashes 4 red dots symbolizing the code letter H.  It is located 9 miles east of Declo, 12-1/2 miles east-southeast of Rupert and 1 mile east of Highway U.S. 305, on the crest of a small knoll which is about 0.5 mile south of a much larger hill.  There is a power shed at its base and a second shed 100 yards to the north.  The azimuth mark for Amber 1950 is located directly underneath the beacon.

Station Recovery (1959)
Recovery Note by Coast and Geodetic Survey 1959 (WWH)
the beacon has been dismantled.  The azimuth mark for the Triangulation Station Amber 1950 is in the center of the concrete floor upon which the beacon was supported.


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