The Talking Wire Changes the West

The Talking Wire

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Hint – The above is a Morse Code Message – can you read it?

New technology made distances shorter. The telegraph made communication instantaneous. Before it, the pony express took many days to pass on the same information.

 The United States Government offered a subsidy of $40,000 a year for up to ten years to build a transcontinental telegraph line. This line would connect the populated east with the populated west by crossing the Great Plains and parts of Americas, Mountain West. The new line was built from Omaha in the east to Carson City and Salt Lake City in the west.

Edward Creighton finished it in 1861, mostly following the Oregon Trail. Many of the stations set up as Pony Express stops became the new Telegraph stations of the west.

Old Telephone Pole, Don't See Many of These Anymore

Did it change the west? The Pony Express went out of business two days after the first messages were sent along the new line. It lasted until 1869, when it was replaced by a new multi-line telegraph that followed the tracks of the Transcontinental Railroad, it lasted up to the time of the telephone,

The Message at the top - Thanks for reading, have a great day.

I was unable to find any historical documentation that proved the Indians called the telegraph the, “talking wires,” may be a Hollywood thing but I always enjoyed that story.

Did you know there is a Morse Code Translator online? Try it, great fun.  

These Guys Were Tough on Early Telegraph Poles

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