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

Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway

 
 
Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2017
1. Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway Marker
Graphic on top of the sign: Moments in Time on the Bonneville Salt Flats
Inscription. The salt flats were formed as ancient Lake Bonneville slowly evaporated and deposited concentrations of salt onto this playa. Shorelines carved into the mountainsides are visible to the north along the Silver Island range and extend to the Salt Lake Valley. Named after Captain B.L. Bonneville, an early military explorer of the West, the salt flats measure over 44,000 acres and are primarily Public Lands.
Historically, the flats have impeded man's movements westward. Early traders like Jedediah Smith and John Fremont crossed the vast saline plains only to return with awesome stories of the salt's harshness. In 1846, the Donner Reed party lost animals, wagons and valuable time on the salt. These losses contributed to their late arrival and subsequent disaster in the snowy Sierra-Nevada Mountains. The flats potential for racing was first recognized in 1896 by W.D. Rishel, who attempted to organize a carriage and bike race. He convinced Ferg Johnson to test drive his Packard here in 1911. In 1914 Teddy Tetzlaff reached 141 mph in his Blitzen Benz. Succeeding years saw many attempts to set faster record. In 1940 Ab Jenkins set 81 new speed records in his Mormon Meteor III, including a 24-hour endurance record of 161 mph. Jet and rocket cars appeared in the 1960's and exceeded the 500 and 600 mph marks.
The speedway, 80 feet
Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2017
2. Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway Marker
wide and 10 miles long, is prepared by the Bureau of Land Management in the early summer. Speed trials are scheduled throughout the summer and fall. They end when rains cover the area with water. Caution: Salt crust may appear firm, but is often moist and unstable. Enjoy the area; please keep it clean.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 40° 45.762′ N, 113° 53.742′ W. Marker is near Wendover, Utah, in Tooele County. Marker is on Bonneville Speedway Road near Leppy Pass Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wendover UT 84083, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats (approx. 2.7 miles away); First Transcontinental Telephone Line (approx. 2.7 miles away); Base Chapel (approx. 7.2 miles away); Airmenís Dining Hall and Barracks (approx. 7.2 miles away); Atomic Mission Hangar 1831 (approx. 7.4 miles away); Operations Building (approx. 7.8 miles away); South Base Area (approx. 7.8 miles away); Control Tower (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wendover.
 
More about this marker. The marker is at the end
Ab Jenkins 'Mormon Meteor' 1931 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
3. Ab Jenkins 'Mormon Meteor' 1931
of Bonneville Speedway Road.
 
Also see . . .  Bonneville Speedway - Wikipedia. Numerous land speed records in various vehicle categories and classes have been set on the Bonneville speed way. In 1960, Mickey Thompson became the first American to break the 400 mph (644 km/h) barrier, hitting 406.60 mph and (654.36 km/h) surpassing John Cobb's 1947 one-way Land speed record of 403 mph (649 km/h). Other notable examples of Bonneville speed records include:... (Submitted on July 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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