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Monday, May 23, 2016

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah




Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway, Utah, Such an amazing sight to see, a MUST SEE for sure. So much salt & nothing to eat? If you look in the 2nd shot Shelia the sheep is under the sign, she was so tiny under that sign??! Probably salty too!! It was wild to see the cars and motorcycles running around on the salt. Would be great for a commercial, Horrible for your car, not good for the paint. 

I did enlarge the Bonneville Salt sign to tell you what it says, some words are rubbed off... "The salt flats were formed an ancient Lake Bonneville slowly evaporated and deposited concentrations of salt onto this playa. Shorelines carved into the mountainsides are visible to the north along the Silver Island range and extend to the Salt Lake Valley. Named after Captain B.L. Bonneville, an early military explorer of the West, the salt flats measure over 44,000 acres and are primarily Public Land. 

Historically, the flats have impeded man's movement westward. Early traders like Jedediah Smith and John Fremont crossed the vast saline plain only to return with awesome stones of the salts ... In 1846, the Donner Reed part lost animals, wagons and valuable time on the salt. These .. contributed to their late arrival and subsequent disaster in the snowy Sierra-Nevada Mountains. The flats'potential for racing was first recognized in 1896, W.D. Rishel, who attempted to organize a carriage and bike race. He convinced Ferg Johnson to test drive his Packard here in 1911. In 1914 Teddy Tetzlaff reached 141 mph in his Blitzen Benz. Succeeding years saw many attempts to set faster records. In 1940 Ab Jenkins set 81 new speed records in his Mormon Meteor III, including a 24-hour endurance record of 161 mph. Jet and rocket cars appeared in the 1960's and exceeded the 500 and 600 mph marks. 

The speedway, 80 feet wide and 10 miles long, is prepared by the Bureau of Land, Management in the early summer. Speed trials are schedule throughout the summer and fall. They end when rains covers the area with water. Caution: Salt crust may appear firm, but is often moist and unstable. Enjoy the area, please keep it clean."




Enjoy this video to see more of an up close view. The 2nd part of the video we are in our van, now sold, but it fun to see from the sheep's perspective. Thank you kindly for stopping by today, do go enjoy my birthday!! Have a piece of cake or why not a bit of ice cream. Enjoy life! Beth ( :

11 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Beth! Happy Birthday to you! I hope your day is great. The Salt Flats is a neat sight to see. Great photos and I will check out the video later. It is slow to start up for me. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Pamela Gordon said...

That would be awesome to see Beth. I know some males in my life that would have a blast there. Our roads are salted here in the winter so we're used to it on our cars which are often treated to protect against rust. A must for us. :) Glad you had a great birthday. Hugs. Pam

Missy George said...

I have seen movies and videos of cars racing on the salt flats..Very stark area.Happy Birthday..

Michelle said...

Pretty cool! A place I would like to see in person!

Amy at love made my home said...

It is an incredible place isn't it!

Ruth Hiebert said...

That place looks both interesting and desolate.

William Kendall said...

I hope you had a happy birthday. What a desolate but fascinating spot.

TexWisGirl said...

such a unique place.

Tanya Breese said...

must be so neat to see in person! we vacationed in utah a lot when i was a kid but never here...been to salt lake city though...i think they showed this place on mad men, at the end of the series! have a great memorial weekend beth!

Ida said...

Hope you had a fantastic birthday & many more to come.
Wow, the Salt Flats are fascinating and seem to go on for miles.
Loving your traveling sheep companions.

lynn cockrell said...

Happy Birthday,Beth! This has been a busy week for me, so I am late with my wishes. I hope your birthday was beautiful. This is a great post. I have seen this place on film before. I think I watched some hemi engine vehicles trying to break records years ago on tv. It is so desolate looking in pictures and in your video. There are so many amazing things in our world to see. It must have been awesome being there in person! I am glad you shared as I might never be there to see it for myself. Thank you, Beth!

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