Concrete Arrows

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GSteve, May 5, 2016.

  1. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,694
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Thread revival due to the cool factor:

    The remains of an airway beacon. North of Grove, Oklahoma at the intersection of SH 10 and E. 223 Rd. Not much to look at now but interesting to think of what once was.

    From Wikipedia:

    An airway beacon was a rotating light assembly mounted atop a tower. These were once used extensively in the United States for visual navigation by airplane pilots along a specified airway corridor. Approximately 1,500 airway beacons were constructed to guide pilots from city to city, Airway beacons were constructed by the Post Office and the Department of Commerce between 1923 and 1933. The proliferation of two-way radios ended the need for the beacons.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Would've looked something like this:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #21
  2. craig2211

    craig2211 Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 22, 2006
    Oddometer:
    66
    Lind Washington

    Attached Files:

    #22
  3. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,764
    Location:
    Western PA
    I'm glad you bumped this thread. This is where I first read about these concrete arrows. That led me to search a while ago and find one near me here in the hills of PA. It ended up taking a couple of trips to ACTUALLY find an arrow, but I'm happy I put forth the effort. If interested you can read about it in my ride report here.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/sportstour-in-the-alleghenies.1142203/page-10
    #23
  4. GHanson

    GHanson Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2004
    Oddometer:
    270
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    A 30 year aviation career, and I learn about concrete arrows on a motorcycle forum. Mission for the day:


    IMG_2158.jpeg IMG_2158.jpeg
    #24
    popscycle, Dirt2007, c1skout and 4 others like this.
  5. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,694
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    There's one arrow remaining in Oklahoma but it looks to be inaccessible. It's pretty far away but next time I'm in the area I'll see if I can find an open gate or some way to get in. It's here: 34°25'01", -97°08'59"
    #25
    bomose likes this.
  6. bomose

    bomose Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,244
    Location:
    Dixie
    Did you ever look for this ?
    #26
  7. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,432
    Location:
    Spartanburg, SC
  8. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,419
    Location:
    San Antonio
    A particularly interesting thread, especially as a former pilot
    #28
  9. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,694
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    I haven't been back to that area yet.
    #29
  10. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,187
    Location:
    Kaslo BC summer, Yuma AZ winter

    Attached Files:

    #30
    bomose likes this.
  11. Aces&8s

    Aces&8s Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 22, 2020
    Oddometer:
    112
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Very interesting. I've never heard or seen one of these but now I must go see for myself.
    #31
  12. RickS

    RickS Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,002
    Location:
    Altus, OK
    I looked on google earth and,I don’t see it. I must be blind
    #32
  13. GHanson

    GHanson Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2004
    Oddometer:
    270
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC

    Just to the left of the Google location marker, inside the lower right corner of the fence around that antenna farm.
    #33
    Geschift likes this.
  14. RickS

    RickS Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,002
    Location:
    Altus, OK
    Got it thanks.
    #34
  15. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,694
    Location:
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Let us know if you go there. I suspect the gate by the highway will be locked but sometimes I have found antenna and windfarm gates to be open.
    #35
  16. RickS

    RickS Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,002
    Location:
    Altus, OK
    Sounds like a plan.
    #36
  17. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,187
    Location:
    Kaslo BC summer, Yuma AZ winter
    I uploaded the GE and pics again, post #30. I think something went amiss before
    #37
  18. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    9,083
    Location:
    THE exact center of California/Bass lake/Yosemite
  19. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Oddometer:
    17,352
    Location:
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    Finding at least one of these arrows is on my to do list now that I'm retired.
    #39
    dammitdave likes this.