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32 SF-SL Buffalo Valley

GPS: 40.345212, -117.347564

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Location / Name

NEVADA: Lander County

32 SF-SL Buffalo Valley, site No. 32 on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway, Parran Cutoff, Department of Commerce Intermediate Landing Field Commonly called Buffalo Valley CAA
AKA Wild Range Canyon and Baileys

GPS: 40.345212, -117.347564

Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
Reno-Elko section


Boeing Air Transport awarded CAM #18 on January 28, 1927


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Observations and Notes

To reach the Wild Range Canyon / Buffalo Valley Arrow we had to drive south on Hwy 305 out of Battle Mtn, Nevada for 11 miles, and then make a right turn onto Copper Basin Rd.  There is a street sign at the intersection, so it was easy to find. 

From the intersection it’s a 21 mile drive across the desert to the arrow.  The first two miles is paved, while the next 18 miles is a hard-pack gravel road.  After going 20 miles out, we then had to make a right turn onto a narrow dirt road.  It resembled more of a cattle path though than a road. 

GPS is a must out here to locate the arrow once you turn off the gravel road.

The Buffalo Valley Arrow is complete and in good condition.  The arrow is 57 feet in length.
The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 40° (NE), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 38° (NE).
(All measurements and compass headings are approximate).

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