Early mail pilots eyed roads and railroad tracks as they flew. Soon, the U.S. Airmail built a transcontinental system of night beacons and landing fields. In 1931, low-frequency radio signals from Medicine Bow were the final link–like the railroad’s golden spike 62 years before—in a navigational chain allowing on-schedule, cross-country, all-weather flight.
Browse Articles about Transportation
|Mormon ferry, North Platte River||WyoHistory.org|
|Names Hill, Oregon Trail Inscription Site||WyoHistory.org|
|Narrows, The, Oregon Trail landmark on the Sweetwater River||WyoHistory.org|
|New Fork River Crossing||Clint Gilchrist|
|North Platte River crossings; Oregon Trail sites of||WyoHistory.org|
|Oil business, early emigrant trails||Allan Fraser|
|Oregon Buttes, Oregon Trail landmark||WyoHistory.org|
|Oregon Trail Ruts||Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Parting of the Ways||WyoHistory.org|
|Piedmont Charcoal Kilns||WyomingHeritage.org, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
Frank Shepperson has ranched with his family northwest of Casper, Wyo., for many years. In this 2014 interview, Shepperson, a former national rodeo champion, talks at length about rodeo, ranching—and airplanes. He is a past president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and former chairman of the Natrona County School Board.