Dotting the United States are large concrete arrows. Some point East to West, others, North to South. Are these landing directions for UFOs? The answer has a little more history involved—all of which you can learn by finding geocaches in the “Who Turned Out the Lights?” series. Each geocache in the series is located at one of these abandoned beacons that were used to guide air mail pilots as they made their trans-continental journey. While many of the beacons are little more than ruins at this point, several still have light towers, concrete arrows and even small buildings. This series is another great example of how geocaches can be used as more than just a hobby—you can actually learn about the history of a location and earn a smiley at the same time!
# of Finds:
Varies by geocache
# of Favorite Points:
Varies by geocache
What geocachers are saying:
“We took off at the crack of dawn to get a few caches out east of our place today. This was the 2nd one we went for, and as usual with this series it did not disappoint. Us three agreed that it’s our favorite thus far. Another great description on the cache. Also, a great camo job on the container. We really want to get another in your series asap. Another favorite pt. from us to you. TFTH!!!” – BobbynAnjii Was Here
“OK. This was a committed drive but a fun adventure. I totally enjoyed both of these caches in this series and wish I had time to get them all. Bonus points for marking our Countries history!! Thank you for the adventure.” – Green Achers
“It is a very interesting series from our past and I am thankful that the geocache was placed to get me out here. Thanks again.” – macjohnnv
Just follow the arrows. Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was Here
Another arrow. Photo by geocacher Lazyts
One of the remaining beacon towers. Photo by geocacher Waldo62
This beacon was actually restored and is in use. Photo by geocacher Nitro929
What pieces of history have you discovered while geocaching? Tell us in the comments.
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