Woodward field was dedicated to a pilot who crashed in a snowstorm. At 106 acres, Woodward field was one of the largest Post Office airfields in the United States. This airfield had many runways, and hangar big enough for eight planes, and an office building. This airfield was later renamed Salt Lake City Airport. One characteristic that made this airport stand out from others were giant concrete arrows. These arrows were movable and provided guidance for pilots in the sky. These arrows were typically around 50 feet long and had lanterns that made them visible at night.
Originally, the Post Office transported mail with assistance from the U. S. Army. This changed with the Air Mail Act of 1925. This allowed government contracts to be auctioned off to private carriers. Early private companies included Varney Speed Lines and Western Air Express. Because of these companies, Salt Lake City became a major connection stop.
Many Los Angeles businessmen were unhappy with the mailing services in their city. This led to the creation of a route between LA and Salt Lake City. Soon after this route was created, the first passengers were carried from California to Utah. Carriers were allowed to have passengers on planes as long as they gave priority to the cargo.
In the late 1920s aviation rapidly expanded in Utah. Many routes now included Salt Lake City in their stops. Passengers quickly became a major part of flight. In 1931, three airlines formed together to create United Airlines, the first airline dedicated completely to passengers.
Salt Lake City Airport had a major role in the advancement of airmail and now passenger flights. This airport also provided major economical opportunities that were previously unavailable in Utah.