Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:

Northwestern Utah

© 2002, © 2015 by Paul Freeman. Revised 3/9/15.

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Alta Airpark (revised 2/8/15) - Camp Williams Airfield (revised 6/7/14) - Jake Garn Airport (added 3/9/15) - Locomotive Springs Intermediate Field (revised 10/18/13)

Low Flight Strip (revised 6/7/14) - Tooele Municipal (revised 11/16/14) - Utah Central Airport (revised 6/7/14)

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Jake Garn Airport, Eagle Mountain, UT

40.26 North / 112.02 West (South of Salt Lake City, UT)

A 2003 aerial view looking southeast at Jake Garn Airport.



This is a sad tale of a “boom & bust” airport which was built to stimulate economic development, but was abandoned in a very short time.

Jake Garn Airport was evidently built at some point between 1997-2003,

as it was not yet depicted on a 1997 aerial photo.



According to Joe Doherty, “Apparently in the late 1990s the plan was to build this big airport that could handle corporate jets in time for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.

For whatever reason it never happened, and the runway is all that is there. I'm not sure it ever even opened.”



The earliest depiction which has been located of Jake Garn Airport was a 2003 aerial photo,

which depicted a single asphalt Runway 17/35, with a few asphalt taxiways, but no ramps, hangars, or buildings.

with a few small buildings on the northwest & northeast sides.



A 2013 aerial view looking southeast still depicted Jake Garn Airport as having a single asphalt Runway 17/35, with a few asphalt taxiways, but no ramps, hangars, or buildings.



The 2015 Salt Lake Helicopter Aeronautical Chart still depicted Jake Garn Airport as having a single paved north/south runway,

even though it was no longer depicted on the 2015 Sectional Chart.



Joe Doherty reported in 2015, “I'm pretty sure there's nothing that goes on there. It really is smack dab in a field that is in the middle of nowhere.

The heading numbers are still on the runway & there are not the standard yellow Xs marking it as closed.”



Pattrick Wiggins reported in 2015, “Garn Airport... it is closed to most traffic however the UT Army National Guard

does have a Memorandum of Agreement with the land owner (John Walden) to use it as a helicopter tactical airstrip.”



Jake Garn Airport is located at the southern terminus of Pony Express Parkway.



Thanks to Joe Doherty for pointing out this airport.

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Alta Airpark, Sandy, UT

40.59 North / 111.84 West (South of Salt Lake City, UT)

Alta Airpark, as depicted on the 1948 Salt Lake Sectional Chart.



This small general aviation airport was evidently established at some point between 1945-48,

as it was not depicted on the February 1945 Salt Lake City Sectional Chart (according to Chris Kennedy)

nor listed among among active airfields in the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

The earliest depiction of the field which has been located

was on the 1948 Salt Lake City Sectional Chart,

which depicted Alta as a commercial or municipal airport.



Jim Madsen recalled, “My father, Robert Madsen, started Alta Air Park upon returning from flying in the Army Air Corps in World War 2.

I remember as a very young child going with him on many occasions to the airport. It was originally a teaching & charter service.

He owned & operated the airport for 5 or so years.”



The only photo which has been located of Alta Airpark was a 8/1/50 USGS aerial view.

It depicted Alta as having a single northeast/southwest runway with a parallel taxiway on the west side.

A ramp on the west side of the field had 2 buildings (hangars?), with a one single-engine aircraft visible outside.



Mike Howe recalled "joining a flying Club based at the old Alta Airpark while still in high school.

In 1958 there was nothing out here, except for the old airport on top of a hill with gullies at both ends.

It still conjures up fond memories of youth, the old hangar, leather couch, Coke machine

and of course the Sectional charts pasted to the wall with a string to plot trips to many exotic places.

I took lessons in an old Luscombe 8A & soloed just about my 15th birthday

and had my private while still in High school & spent all my time getting friends to buy gas for a ride."



The earliest photo which has been located of Alta Air Park was a 1958 aerial view.

It depicted the field as having a single unpaved runway with a parallel taxiway,

with a hangar & 8 single-engine aircraft on the west side.



Ken Despain recalled, “I spent many happy days at Alta Airpark during my high school years.

I met Curt Ellsworth in the fall of 1959. I drove up to the airport in the 1952 Chevy that I had just purchased to look at the airplanes.

My dad used to take us up there to look at the planes in the early 1950s,

so since I loved airplanes as soon as I had my own car I wanted to take in some airplane time on my own.

I parked my car & was looking at the Cessna 120, Luscombe 8A, and a few others, when Curt drove up.

He asked me what I was doing. I told him I loved airplanes & was taking in the view.

He asked if I'd like to learn to fly. Of course, I said I love to but there's no way I could afford it.

I just bought this car & don't have a job yet to pay for it. He said he'd give me a job & pay me in flying time! I jumped at the chance.

I spent the next 3 years working part time for him & learning to fly his brand-new Forney Aircoupe.

My instructor was Dudley Bray. He was a B-17 pilot during WWII. He soloed me after 13 hours of instruction.

One hour per month for 13 months. Curt charged $12.50 / hour for airplane, fuel & instructor.

He paid me $1.35 for each hour I worked, so it took me a while to earn enough for an hours instruction.”



Ken continued, “I spent most of my evenings after school doing odd jobs around the airport & just manning the place in case anyone came in & wanted fuel.

There wasn't a great deal of activity, but I did fuel a few planes & I tore down a bunch of engines & even helped rebuild a Mooney Mite.

Many of my days up there were spent alone.

I can still hear the sound of the wind whistling through the tubes the served as track for the hangar that had the Piper Tripacer in it.

Every time I hear a Meadow Lark sing it reminds me of Alta Airpark.

It was a great place to spend my youth & I don't remember thanking Curt for the wonderful opportunity he gave me. I really wish I had.”



The 1962 AOPA Airport Directory described "Alta Air Park" as having a single 2,700' gravel Runway 3/21.

The field was said to offer fuel, repairs, hangars, tie downs, and charter.

The operator was Curtis Ellsworth (an Aircoupe dealer).



Alta Airpark, as depicted on the May 1965 Salt Lake City Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



Alta Airpark was listed as the location of a 1965 accident

which resulted in substantial damage to a Stinson 108 due to a ground loop.



A 1965 aerial view depicted a total of 10 single-engine aircraft on the west ramp.

Houses had been constructed along the west side of the airfield at some point between 1958-65,

which would eventually prove the little airport's undoing.



Randy LeVitre reported, “The old Alta airport in Sandy City... The owner of Alta Aircraft Service at SLC Airport #2

was telling me about his days learning to fly there back in the 1960s & what a fun airport it had been.

He mainly remembered all the skydiving that went on there & how laid-back it was.”



The 1967 Flight Guide (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) depicted Alta Airpark

as having a single 2,230' Runway 17/35 with a parallel taxiway on the west side.

A ramp on the west side of the field had 2 buildings (hangars?) along the north side of the ramp.

The field was said to be attended during daytime,

and to conduct skydiving operations.



A 1971 aerial view showed that at some point between 1967-71 the former Runway 17/35 was painted with closed “X” markings,

and replaced by a new Runway 16/34.

Alta Airpark appeared to be at its peak of popularity, with a total of 24 aircraft visible on the west side of the field.



The 1972 Flight Guide (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) showed that Alta's former Runway 17/35 had been closed,

and replaced by a new 2,300' Runway 16/34.

The field was still described as conducting skydiving operations.



Alta Airpark apparently closed at some point between 1972-75,

as it was no longer depicted at all on the 1975 USGS topo map.



According to Brett Despain, Alta Airpark "closed in the late 1970s."



Cory Curtis recalled, “I moved to Sandy UT in 1976.

Our 1st house was just 5 streets west of Piper Lane.

Piper Lane was the last street east before the old airstrip.

Everything east of Piper Lane was just field & sagebrush.

It stayed that way until the late 1980s.

Cameo Park subdivision (east of 1700 E) was just built when we moved in.

It was built after the Airport had closed.

I never saw the airport in use or any of the buildings. I think it closed between 1972-74.

As a kid in 4th grade we would ride our bikes to the landing strip. There wasn’t much left of it.

My friend would talk of how he would watch the skydivers & see the planes take off.”



A 1977 aerial view showed that housing completely covered the property,

with not a trace remaining of Alta Airpark.



Ken Despain recalled, “When I returned to Utah in 1980 I drove up to have a look to see if Curt was still there,

when I discovered the airport was completely gone & houses where the the runway once was.”



Cory Curtis recalled, “They didn’t build over top the airfield until the late 1980s.

Cessna Circle is at the north of Glider Lane,

though this circle was built in the 1980s many years after the airport was closed.”



The 1997 USGS aerial photo showed that the site of the former Alta Airpark had been densely developed with housing,

and not a trace of the former airport appeared to remain.



As seen in the 2003 USGS aerial photo,

the site of the former Alta Airpark had been densely developed with housing,

with not a trace of the former airport remaining.



Mike Howe recalled in 2004, "It was located just a few blocks from my present business in Sandy.

I can look from the roof & see about where it used to be.

It is now all subdivision & homes & no one would have known it was there

save for a few street signs with names like Cessna Circle & Piper Way."



The site of the former Alta Airpark is located at the intersection of Richard Lane & Newcastle Drive.



Thanks to Brett Despain for pointing out this airfield.

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Tooele Municipal Airport (U26), Tooele, UT

40.52 North / 112.33 West (Southwest of Salt Lake City, UT)

Tooele Municipal Airport, as depicted on the 1948 Salt Lake Sectional Chart.

Photo of the airfield while open has not been located.



This former municipal airport was adjacent to the Army's Tooele Ordnance Depot.



Tooele Municipal Airport was evidently built at some point between 1945-48,

as it was not yet listed among active airfields in the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

The earliest reference to the field which has been located was on the 1948 Salt Lake Sectional Chart,

which depicted Tooele as a municipal or commercial airport.



The September 1949 Great Salt Lake World Aeronautical Chart (courtesy of Donald Felton)

depicted Tooele as having a 3,800' unpaved runway.



Tooele apparently gained a paved runway at some point between 1949-62,

as the 1962 AOPA Airport Directory described the field as having a single 4,200' paved runway.

The operator was listed as Tooele Air Service.



The 1969 USGS topo map depicted the Tooele Municipal Airport

as having a single paved northeast/southwest runway, with a ramp leading to 2 small buildings on the northeast side.



Tooele was listed with a similar description in the 1982 AOPA Airport Directory (courtesy of Ed Drury).



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Tooele Municipal Airport

was on the November 1986 Salt Lake Sectional Chart (courtesy of Jim Hackman).

It depicted Tooele Municipal Airport as having a 4,200' paved runway.



According to Chris Kennedy, Tooele Municipal was listed in the 1989 Airport Facility Directory.

The remarks said, "Unattended. Parachute jumping. Cracks; chips & weeds on Rwy 36 & ramp."



Tooele Municipal was closed at some point after 1989,

when it was replaced by the newer Bolinder Tooele Valley Airport,

several miles to the north.



In the 1999 USGS aerial photo, the airfield consisted of a single 4,200' runway,

A small paved ramp east of the northern end of the runway, and 5 small hangars.

A lone single engine aircraft was visible parked on the ramp.



Tacoma White reported in 2003, "I'd give you an update on the old Tooele Municipal Airport: it's very easy to find.

If you drive west on 700 South, and keep going after it turns to dirt, you will run right into it.

If memory serves, it is either owned or just used by a guy who owns a construction company.

The strip is due west of my house & during the winter I taught my wife how to correct skids there.

Nothing really happens there, though my wife says a plane landed there

when she was walking near it about a year ago.

Still in OK shape, has some ruts dug in it that were filled in pretty good a while back.

It looks shorter than the claimed 4,000' though."



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood, looking north along the closed runway at Tooele.

There are residential areas [to the] north.”



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood. “Note the way the houses have built in close to the hangars, which are now used for storage.”



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood, looking south along the closed runway at Tooele.

It's pretty much empty (for the time being) looking south.”



A 1/1/06 aerial view looking south, showing the Tooele runway & hangars remaining intact.



An 8/28/09 aerial view showed that the hangars & northern end of the runway had been removed, presumably cleared for new consruction.



A 9/15/11 aerial view looking south, showing a new building covering the site of the Tooele hangars & the northern portion of the runway.

The majority of the runway remains intact.



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Camp Williams Airfield, Bluffdale, UT

40.43 North / 111.93 West (South of Salt Lake City, UT)

A 6/20/50 USGS aerial view of Camp Williams Airfield.



Camp Williams was created in 1926 as permanent training camp on 18,700 acres of land

south of Salt Lake City which had been withdrawn from the public domain in 1914.



An airfield was added at some point to the southwest of the cantonment area.

The Camp Williams Airfield was not yet listed among active airfields in the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).



The earliest depiction which has been located of an airfield at Camp Williams was a 6/20/50 USGS aerial photo,

which depicted a single northwest/southeast runway,

with a few small buildings on the northwest & northeast sides.



The 1951 USGS topo map depicted the Camp Williams Airfield

as having a single northwest/southeast runway, labeled simply as “Landing Strip”,

with a few small buildings on the northwest & northeast sides.



The 1958 US Airport Directory (courtesy of David Brooks)

depicted the “Camp Williams (Lehi)” airfield as having a 2,400' north-northwest/south-southeast runway.



The earliest photo which has been located of the Camp Williams Airfield was a 1958 aerial view,

which depicted the field as having a 2,400' north-northwest/south-southeast unpaved runway, with a parallel paved ramp & a few small sheds.



Aerial photos from 1959, 1965, 1971, and 1977 showed the same configuration,

but the runway appeared deteriorated & less distinct as time went on.



The 1993 USGS topo map shows that at some point between 1977-93

the previous NNW/SSE runway was replaced by a 4,700' north-northeast/south-southwest runway with a parallel taxiway.



An 8/14/93 USGS aerial photo looking south shows the Camp Williams Airfield to have a 4,700' north-northeast/south-southwest asphalt runway

with a parallel taxiway & a paved ramp on the northeast with 8 concrete parking pads.



A 1997 aerial view looking south showed that 2 small buildings had been built adjacent to the northeast side of the airfield at some point between 1993-97.



A 5/10/08 Air Force photo by Kevin Gruenwald of a member of the UT Army National Guard 19th Special Forces Group

fast roping from an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter into an urban village at night during the UT Combat Search & Rescue Joint Integration Exercise 2008 at Camp Williams.



The last photo which has been located showing the Camp Williams Airfield intact was a 6/23/09 aerial view looking south.



An undated (pre-2012) photo of a UH-1 Huey mounted on a display pylon at Camp Williams Airfield.



An undated (pre-2012) map depicted the “Total Force Field” as having a single northeast/southwest runway with a parallel taxiway,

and a ramp with several parking spots on the northeast.



The Camp Williams Airfield was evidently closed at some point prior to 2010,

as a 6/18/10 aerial view showed that construction had begun for a large complex of buildings covering the former Camp Williams Airfield.



The site of Camp Williams Airfield is located south of the intersection of South Redwood Road & Jordan Narrows Road.

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Utah Central Airport, Granger, UT

40.72 North / 111.97 West (Southwest of Salt Lake City, UT)

A circa 1942-45 aerial view looking north at Utah Central Airport from the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).



According to Charles Furden's monograph “Runway Dust”,

Utah Central had its beginnings shortly before the Second World War.

Its creation was the brainchild & sweat of one individual, Vern Carter.

He obtained legal access to the land, walked out into the brush, staked out the runways, and graded off the weeds, brush, and anthills.

By any definition it was a small country airport.

Nothing paved & nothing fancy in the way of buildings.”



The earliest depiction which has been located of Utah Central Airport

was a circa 1942-45 aerial view in the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

The directory described Utah Central Airport as a 200 acre rectangular property having 3 gravel, clay, and loam runways,

the longest being the 2,750' northwest/southeast strip.

The field was said to have 2 wood & metal hangars, the largest measuring 56' x 52'.

Utah Central Airport was described as being owned & operated by private interests.



The 1951 USGS topo map depicted Utah Central Airport as having 3 runways, 2 parallel taxiways, and several small buildings along the north side.



A 1958 aerial photo depicted Utah Central Airport as a very healthy little general aviation field,

with a total of 25 light aircraft visible on the north side of the field, along with several rows of hangars.

There were a total of 3 unpaved runways, with the primary runway being the northwest/southeast strip.



Utah Central Airport, as depicted on a circa 1950s-60s UT Aeronautical Chart (courtesy of Charles Furden).



A circa 1950s-60s photo by Charles Furden of a J-3 Cub in front of Utah Central Airport's main office.



A circa 1950s-60s photo by Charles Furden of a Ryan P-22 parked in front of the Utah Central Airport hangars.



A circa 1950s-60s road map (courtesy of Charles Furden) depicted Utah Central Airport as having 3 runways.



A circa 1950s-60s advertisement for Valley Airmotive (courtesy of Charles Furden) pictured 2 Cessnas in front of Utah Central Airport's office.



Utah Central Airport was still depicted as an active airfield on the 1963 USGS topo map.



Chris Dennis recalled, “Utah Central... a gravel strip, Runway 34/16, maybe about 2,100'.”



The proximity of Utah Central Airport to Salt Lake City's main airport was ultimately the reason for the little airport's demise.

When Utah Central was built, airline traffic at the main airport consisted predominantly of DC-3s, which flew relatively tight patterns.

But as larger & faster airliners became the norm, traffic patterns extended out much farther,

conflicting with the little general aviation airport only a few miles to the south.



The last depiction which has been located showing Utah Central Airport still in operation was an 11/9/65 USGS aerial photo.

It showed an odd juxtaposition in terms of the airport's development & health -

the eastern portion of the airport property (including the former primary runway, the northwest/southeast runway)

had evidently been redeveloped with non-airport construction.

Yet the north/south runway appeared to have been replaced with a paved runway & paved parallel taxiway.

The hangars on the northeast side were gone,

but a few hangars remained on the northwest side, around which were parked 5 single-engine planes.



The last dated reference to Utah Central Airport remaining in operation came from James Price,

who recalled, “I flew my first flight at Utah Central ($5) in the summer of 1966.”



Utah Central Airport was presumably closed (for reasons unknown) at some point between 1966-70,

as it was no longer depicted at all on the 1970 USGS topo map.



In a 1971 aerial photo, all of the hangars were gone,

but the paved north/south runway remained intact.



A 1977 aerial photo showed the remains of the north/south runway still existed.



According to Chris L Dennis, “To my best recollection it disappeared in the late 1970s.”



The 1997 USGS aerial photo showed that the remains of the north/south runway had been removed at some point between 1977-93.



A 1/18/10 aerial photo showed no evident trace remaining of the former Utah Central Airport,

but ironically the area of the former north/south runway remained an undeveloped grass field.



The site of Utah Central Airport is located southeast of the intersection of Route 201 & South 3600 West.

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Locomotive Springs Intermediate Field, Locomotive Springs, UT

41.71 North / 112.92 West (Northwest of Salt Lake City, UT)

Locomotive Springs Intermediate Field, as depicted on a May 1930 Airway Map (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).

Photo of the airfield while open has not been located.



Locomotive Springs was one of the Department of Commerce's network of Intermediate Fields,

which were constructed in the 1920s & 1930s along airways between major cities.

They were intended for emergency use by commercial aircraft.

The date of construction of the Locomotive Springs Intermediate Field has not been determined.

The earliest reference to the field which has been located

was on a May 1930 Airway Map (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



A 1933 Department of Commerce Airport Directory (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)

described Locomotive Springs as Site 7 along the Salt Lake - El Paso Airway.

It was described as consisting of a 2,000' x 1,900' rectangular sod field,

with boundary & approach lights, and a rotating beacon.



George Cox recalled, “My Father, Wilford Cox was employed by the Utah Fish & Game Department

and had our young family living at Locomotive Springs in 1939-40.

He trapped muskrats & managed the water flow at the Game Preserve.

According to my mother, there was a house they lived in on the north side of the runway, provided by the State,

and another long building that the employees at the airport lived in.

She said a family named Cook was there when they arrived & they left & a family by the name of Carlock moved in.

That family & 2 or 3 single men lived in the long building.

There were also 2 long vacant barracks that the CC Camp had left, possibly from the construction of the airport.

She said there was a Mr. Rose who was the boss of the airport that drove out occasionally.

She said she only remembers the airstrip being used by military men flying out to hunt ducks from Ft. Douglas.”



Locomotive Springs was still depicted as an active airfield

on the July 1940 Salt Lake City Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



As commercial aircraft became more reliable & longer ranged in the 1940s,

many of the more remote Intermediate Fields in the Department of Commerce's network became superfluous,

and this was most likely the case with Locomotive Springs.

It was evidently closed at some point between 1940-44,

as it was not listed in the April 1944 US Army/Navy Directory of Airfields (courtesy of Ken Mercer),

and it was not depicted on the February 1945 Salt Lake City Sectional Chart (according to Chris Kennedy).



Post-WW2 USGS topo maps continued to depict the 2 runways at Locomotive Springs,

but the field was labeled simply as "Landing Strips",

which usually indicates that it was no longer an active airfield.



A 4/6/66 aerial photo depicted Locomotive Springs as having 2 unpaved runways,

and some small buildings on the northwest side.



The 1969 USGS topo map depicted the field as having a 2,000' northwest/southeast runway

and a shorter north/south runway.



As seen in the 1993 USGS aerial photo,

the desert landscape has preserved the 2 runways at Locomotive Springs remarkably well,

more than 60 years after they were evidently constructed.

The buildings had been removed at some point between 1966-93.



A 10/17/13 aerial view by Patrick Wiggins of the site of the Locomotive Springs windsock.



The Locomotive Springs airfield is located southeast of the intersection of Locomotive Road & Salt Wells Road.

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Low Flight Strip, Knolls, UT

40.79 North / 113.2 West (West of Salt Lake City, UT)

The earliest photo which has been located of the Low Flight Strip

was a circa 1943-45 aerial view looking north from the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).



This was one of the many Flight Strips which were built by the USAAF

during WW2 for the emergency use of military aircraft.

The Low Flight Strip was listed on a 1943 table of 2nd Air Force Flight Strips (courtesy of John Voss),

which indicated that construction of the strip was completed in 1943.

The strip was described as consisting of a 7,130' paved runway,

with a total graded length of 9,130'.



Low Flight Strip was an auxiliary field of either Wendover AAF or Salt Lake AAF during WWII (according to Keith Wood).

It consisted of a single north/south runway, which was built on top of a dirt road which led north from US Highway 40.

According to Keith Wood, “Apparently they started using the road for liaison planes,

then widened it for larger planes before finally diverting the road past the western side of the runway & paving the airstrip.”



The earliest photo which has been located of the Low Flight Strip

was a circa 1943-45 aerial view looking north from the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

It depicted Low as consisting of a single, wide, north/south paved runway.

It also appeared to depicted a narrower, parallel runway to the west.



The 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock)

described Low Flight Strip as a 276 acre rectangular property within which was a single 7,130' bituminous runway.

The field was not said to have any hangars,

to be owned by the U.S. Government, and to be operated by the Public Roads Administration.



The earliest aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of the Low Flight Strip

was on the 1945 Salt Lake Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



It was depicted as "Low FS" on the September 1949 Great Salt Lake World Aeronautical Chart (courtesy of Donald Felton).



An 8/1/53 USGS aerial view depicted Low Flight Strip as having a single north/south paved runway.



The 1955 & 1965 Salt Lake City Sectional Charts (according to Chris Kennedy)

depicted it as "Low FS AF", and described it as having a 7,100' hard-surface runway.

It is not known whether the Low Flight Strip was ever reused as a civilian airfield.



Low Flight Strip, as depicted on the 1965 Salt Lake Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



The Low Flight Strip was apparently closed at some point after 1965.



The 1977 USGS topo map depicted the runway but did not label it at all.



In the 1993 USGS aerial photo, the runway was remarkably well preserved,

considering that it was built nearly 60 years ago.

The paved runway surface had apparently been extended at some point after the runway's initial construction,

as the length of the runway pavement is 9,300' in the 1993 aerial photo.

There was also what appeared to be a small square paved ramp area,

along the west side of the northern end of the runway.

There did not appear to be any trace of any buildings at the site.



This field was not depicted at all (not even as an abandoned airfield)

on either recent USGS topo maps or 2002 aeronautical charts.

This seems quite strange, for a 9,300' paved runway!



A road now passes down the center of the runway of the Flight Strip.

This road runs between Interstate 80 (4 miles to the south)

and the Grassy Mountain toxic-waste facility which sits adjacent to the Flight Strip to the northwest.

This complex also is not depicted on USGS topo maps.



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood, looking north along the remains of the runway pavement at Low.

Keith reported, “Digging down a couple of inches through the sand covering, I hit solid pavement -

except in the center, which was pretty much pulverized by years of heavy trucks driving over it (thus to preserve the main road).”



Keith Wood visited the site of Low Flight Strip in 2005.

He reported: “The paved runway is now covered by several inches of sand,

which was done sometimes in the desert to preserve the blacktop when a field was abandoned.

This field is at the edge of restricted airspace, used for low-level training from Hill AFB,

and it's possible that it was expected to be used again.

I found no sign of ground facilities, ramp, tiedowns, etc - just the windsock & the runway.

Less than 2 minutes after I stopped on the road to start shooting, I had a van pulling up to ask what I was up to.

When I told the driver I was only shooting photos of the airstrip,

he asked if I meant to shoot the bombing range a couple of miles up the road.

He didn't know about the airstrip, and looked at the windsock pole as if finally figuring out what it was for!”



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood, looking east from the road at the windsock pole which remains erect Low.



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood of the remains of a large, illuminated wind sock pole near the south end of the strip.

Power lines followed the current road, but there was no trace of wires to the windsock.

Keith reported, “Scraps of heavy orange canvas litter the ground around the post.

The metal frame from the windsock is now a nest for some large bird, so it could be said that flight operations continue.”



A 2005 photo by Keith Wood of the remains of the light bulb which presumably sat on top of the windsock pole.

Keith reported, “A minor mystery is that the red dome on the top light of the windsock was made of plastic, which makes it post-WWII -

indicating some use after the war!”



Low Flight Strip is located 4 miles north of Interstate 80, 6 miles northeast of Knolls, UT.

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