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37 SF-SL Mote

GPS: 40.740119, -117.063519

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Location / Name

NEVADA: Humboldt County

37 SF-SL Mote, site No. 37 on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
AKAsite no. 37 near Mote

GPS: 40.740119, -117.063519

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. 37__ 2,000,000 candlepower beacon light located near Mote and two red course lights showing characteristic No. 7

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Observations and Notes

The Mote Arrow is located along the right shoulder of eastbound I-80 just west of exit #222.  However, you can’t actually see the arrow from the interstate due to the sloping shoulder and weeds.  You can access it along a dirt frontage road from exit 222.  There is a barbed wire fence right next to the arrow that separates the arrow from the frontage road.  If you don’t mind getting a little dirty, it is easy enough to slide under the fence to get better photos.

The arrow is basically complete, except the pad where the generator shed sat.  All that remains of the generator pad is the outside foundation.  The total length is 57 feet.

The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 143° (SE), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 143° (SE).
(All measurements and compass headings are approximate).

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