Standing at the intersection of the north-south National Parks Airway and the east-west Northern Transcontinental Airway, the Homestake airway beacon guided nighttime pilots for more than eighty years. Before the advent of radio navigation, airway…

The Spokane Hill airway beacon guided nighttime pilots flying between Bozeman and Helena along the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s east-west airmail route between New York City and Seattle. The Spokane Hill beacon was one of six such structures…

The Silver Bow airway beacon, built in 1937, guided pilots along the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s east-west airmail route between New York City and Seattle. The beacon was part of the Three Forks to Gold Creek “cutoff” route, a string of five…

The MacDonald Pass airway beacon was the last of eighteen beacons constructed across western Montana as part of the Northern Transcontinental Airway’s New York City to Seattle airmail route. The ninety-one-foot-tall, steel structure held a…

The Whitetail airway beacon guided nighttime pilots flying along the National Parks Airway’s north-south airmail route. The route, designated in 1930, was Montana’s first such pathway, eventually connecting Great Falls to Salt Lake City, via Monida…