Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Victory Highway and Transcontinental Airway System
In 1956, I-80 was authorized as part of the interstate highway system with the final segment opening in 1986. I-80 paralleled much of US 40 and incorporated portions of it. Although I-80 by-passed towns, affecting commerce in places such as Lovelock, Winnemucca faired better than most because it is conveniently located as fuel,
In 1923, Congress funded a lighted airway along the transcontinental airmail route from New York to San Francisco. Lighted airway beacons provided navigational aids for nighttime flights. This reduced the time for coast-to-coast delivery of mail by two days because it was no longer necessary to transfer mail to trains for nighttime transport. Beacons were spaced 10 miles apart with closer spacing in flatter areas. Concrete arrows were used as beacon foundations - these pointed to the next beacon. Although beacons were abandoned due to changes in technology, some arrow-shaped foundations and a few standing beacons still exist.
Erected by Humboldt Museum, Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 40° 58.618′ N, 117° 44.663′ W. Marker is in Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County. Marker is on Museum Avenue near Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Museum Avenue, Winnemucca NV 89445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads and Telegraphs (here, next to this marker); Explorers and Mountain Men (here, next to this marker in Idaho); The California Trail (here, next to this marker); Winnemucca and the Humboldt River Corridor (here, next to this marker); The Humboldt River (here, next to this marker); Pioneer Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winneva Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); California Trail - Trading Post (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winnemucca.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the overlook at the Humboldt Museum.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.