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75 years ago

A prominent Church landmark in Salt Lake City became an important navigational aid for pilots flying into the city's airport in the fall of 1928, according to the Sept. 29, 1928, Deseret News.

The headline for the article was, "S.L. establishes first air-highways sign in west; huge arrow on top of Tabernacle guides fliers."

The arrow painted on the top of the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square was placed between the words "Salt Lake" and "airport," printed in letters 50 feet high. It covered 15,100 square feet. The building was said to resemble "a huge zeppelin."

"Salt Lake has again taken the leadership in aviation and is the first city in the west to have an official air-highway sign," the article stated. It said the sign could be seen "for miles before the pilot reaches the center of the city.

"Pilots who have flown over nearly all the large cities of the United States declare it the most practical sign they have seen."

The article continued, "The marker was painted through the courtesy of the First Presidency and the Presiding Bishopric of the Church. . . . The roof of the building is painted black and the letters are white."

The article said, "Numerous privately owned and operated planes are arriving daily in Salt Lake. Many fliers, not acquainted with the city, have in the past had to fly around the city until the landing field could be spotted. . . . As it is now, the sign is easily seen and clearly legible within a radius of 10 miles. In the language of one Boeing Air Transport pilot who flies over the building daily, 'You'd have to be blind to miss it.'"