These Huge Concrete Arrows Can Be Found All Across USA.And They Have A History You’ll Never Believe



The GPS has absolutely demolished my already poor sense of direction. Hour long trip? GPS. Don’t know where that store is? GPS. Remember having to print out MapQuest directions? Remember MapQuest?

I can only assume that before the Internet and GPS, taking a cross country roadtrip was just like a real life Oregon Trail and everyone died of dysentery in Oklahoma. But as it turns out there was a time when all you had to do was follow the giant arrows. Like some sort of real life Mario Kart.

All over the country, 70-foot concrete arrows can be found in remote locations. Follow them, and they’ll point you out of the desert.


They come courtesy of the US Postal Service’s Air Force and will point you all the way across the continental United States. 


They were constructed in 1924 to guide postal planes in the right direction as they carried mail from coast to coast.


Huge Arrows Can Be Found All Across USA

These old planes couldn’t rely on radio as much at the time, so they used these arrows, along with beacon towers, to navigate.



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