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Registered: 11/30/06
Posts: 92
I know I have not posted for a while, but here is a little side trip I took the other day....

The quick story is...Masashi Goto- a Japanese American-who had built a biplane with his friend Takeo Watanabe in Los Angeles planned to fly around the world (fly across North America, boat to Europe, fly across Europe, etc. etc..).  Goto had flown to Oakland, CA and on July 3, 1929 commenced his attempt By flying to Reno and then to Salt Lake City where he received a hero's welcome from the Japanese Community here.  On July 4, 1929 not long after leaving Salt Lake City he crashed near Wolf Creek Summit in the Uinta Mountains.  On July 8 a sheepherder found Goto's remains and that of his aircraft.

The Japanese Association in SLC placed a stone monument at the crash site shortly after the accident and it remained there until WWII when someone toppled it into the nearby ravine.

Today the monument is displayed at a turnout on UT Hwy 35 just south of the Soapstone Basin Junction.  If you are ever between Kamas and Duchesne, this is an easy monument to visit!

A more complete version of the story can be found at:

Ironically enough, the turnout was full of sheepherder wagons the day we visited!

BTW- the marker was not in the current location when it was inscribed with the " 3000' SE of this spot" so no, I did not bother looking for the actual site

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Registered: 12/02/06
Posts: 573
Hi Mike,

Good to see you are getting out again!

Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com
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