Iconic World Map Salvaged From Floor Of Old SLC Airport

Dec 29, 2020, 11:11 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2020, 9:16 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For as beautiful as the new Salt Lake City airport is, it was missing something. Something the old airport had and people loved.

“It’s really an iconic piece of art for the airport,” said Nancy Volmer, the communication director of Salt Lake City International Airport.

Volmer is talking about the world map that used to be on the floor of the old Terminal 1.

“Meet me at the world map” was a common phrase for loved ones to find each other at the airport.

Others would walk on it slowly while looking at the cities, imagining far-away destinations.

“People coming out with table linens and stemware, sitting on Paris and saying, ‘Hey, we had dinner in Paris,’” said Volmer. “Of course, that was before 9/11.”

Tighter security and barriers brought in after 9/11 made it more difficult to see or walk on the map.

However, it was still loved by many people traveling through the airport.

“Even missionaries being sent out … everywhere, and saying, ‘This is where you are now, and this is where you are going,'” Volmer said.

So, when the old airport was being torn down, no one thought the map could be saved.

“It’s impossible to move it. You would have to move it in the sections where the expansion joints are in. We’re talking about something that deep,” said Chano Rubalcava while holding his hands several feet apart.

Rubalcava helped place the map in Terminal 1 in 1960.

He did an interview with the airport last year for a story on how the world map was placed.

Rubalcava died shortly after doing the interview, but officials felt he would’ve been proud to see construction workers found a way to save the world map by moving it exactly how he suggested.

In fact, when the airport announced the map could be saved on their social media pages, people loved it.

“We probably have had more likes and retweets than on any other social media post,” said Volmer. “We’re so happy to be able to share it with everyone.”

The world map will be in pieces in storage for a few years, but it will be on the floor of Concourse B when Phase Two is done in 2024.

It will be located where people will be able to walk on it once again without security restrictions.

They’ll also be able to say, “Let’s meet at the map.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A local rap battle held Saturday, June, 22, 2024, helped raise funds for the victim of drive-by sho...

Brianna Chavez

Local rap battle helps raise funds for victim of drive-by shooting

The family of a teenager shot in a drive-by shooting in Murray last month is grateful for the support of a niche community.

23 minutes ago

(Zoë Petersen, Deseret News)...

Hanna Seariac, Deseret News

Washington County attorney says no evidence of a candidate acting inappropriately in signature gathering

Washington County Attorney Eric Clarke also said there was no evidence of a candidate or the company acting inappropriately. He said he was looking into the matter to do his due diligence and build public trust.

1 hour ago

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 15 near milepost 285 Saturday evening following a felony stop o...

Mark Jones

Kidnapping suspect arrested near Point of the Mountain

The Utah Highway Patrol says a kidnapping suspect has been arrested Saturday evening near the Point of the Mountain. 

2 hours ago

With wildfires starting to pop up around the state, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place in s...

Alex Cabrero

Stage 1 fire restrictions now in place for southern Utah

With wildfires starting to show up around the state, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place in southern Utah as announced Friday by the Bureau of Land Management. 

3 hours ago

Highway 128 covered in mud after a severe storm swept through Grand County on Friday. (Grand County...

Kyle Remund, KSL NewsRadio

Cleanup begins after severe storm in eastern Utah

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement earlier Saturday detailing both the damage caused by the storm and the efforts of first responders because of it.

4 hours ago

FILE: Two crop dusting airplanes collided near an airport in southern Idaho on Thursday, June 20, 2...

Associated Press

2 crop dusting airplanes collided in southern Idaho, killing 1 pilot and severely injuring the other

Two crop dusting airplanes collided near an airport in southern Idaho on Thursday and crashed to the ground, killing one of the pilots and leaving the other with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Iconic World Map Salvaged From Floor Of Old SLC Airport