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Near Wendover in Tooele County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats

And Utah's Famed Measure Mile—Site of World Land-Speed Record Runs

 
 
Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, June 30, 2013
1. Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats Marker
Inscription.  Utah's famed measured mile is located approximately seven miles beyond this marker, well in front of the mountains you see on the horizon. The elevation along that course is approximately 4,218 feet above sea level. *** The total length of the course that includes the measured mile varies from year to year, but for recent runs it has been laid out in a path 80 feet wide and approximately ten miles long, with a black reference stripe down the middle. Due to the curvature of the earth, it is impossible to see from one of the course to the other. *** Timing of world land-speed record runs is under the jurisdiction of the United States Automobile Club. World land-speed record times represent an electronically-timed average of two runs over the measured mile, within a one hour time period--one run in each direction. *** The first world land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats was set on September 3, 1935 by Sir Malcolm Campbell. His speed was 301.13 miles per hour. *** Criag Breedlove holds the honor of being the first man to go faster than 400, 500, and 600 miles per hour. His record of 600.601 miles per hour, set on November 15, 1965, was
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finally broken on October 23, 1970, by Gary Gabelich. *** Gabelich's new record is 622.407 miles per hour.

Both Gabelich's rocket engine 'Blue Flame' and Breedlove's jet-powered 'Spirit of America' were equipped with specially designed inflatable tires, pre-tested to speeds in excess of 800 miles per hour.
 
Erected 1972 by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1907.
 
Location. 40° 44.262′ N, 113° 51.423′ W. Marker is near Wendover, Utah, in Tooele County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 10, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the Salt Flats East Rest Area. It is accessible only from the eastbound travel lanes of I-80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wendover UT 84083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Transcontinental Telephone Line (a few steps from this marker); Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway (approx. 2.7 miles away); Base Chapel (approx. 8.9 miles away); Airmen’s Dining Hall and Barracks (approx. 8.9 miles away); Atomic Mission Hangar 1831 (approx. 9.1 miles away); Operations Building
Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, June 3, 2013
2. Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats Marker
At the Salt Flats East Rest Area
(approx. 9˝ miles away); South Base Area (approx. 9˝ miles away); Control Tower (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wendover.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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