Transcontinental Telegraph

Transcontinental Telegraph (HM1MTD)

Location: Fort Laramie, WY 82212 Goshen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 12.233', W 104° 33.439'

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Electrical Engineering MilestoneTranscontinental Telegraph
Between July 4 and October 24, 1861, a telegraph line was constructed by the Western Union Telegraph Co. between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, thereby completing the first high speed communication link between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. This service met the critical demand for fast communication between these two areas, this telegraph line operated until May, 1869, when it was replaced by a multi-wire system constructed with the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad lines.
August 1990Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers< Lower Marker : >Fort LaramieandThe Transcontinental Telegraph
The transcontinental telegraph reached Fort Laramie from the east on August 5, 1861. From then until May, 1869, Fort Laramie was a major station on the telegraph line. Soldiers from Fort Laramie protected the line, made repairs, and operated repeater stations from Julesburg, Colorado (150 miles to the east) to South Pass, Wyoming (300 miles to the west).
Dedicated August 5, 1990by the Denver section of theInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers< Fort Laramie Marker : >Fort LaramieA military post of the frontierJune 16, 1849 - March 2, 1890This monument is erected by the State of Wyoming and a few interested residents1913
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 536544 N 4672508
Decimal Degrees42.20388333, -104.55731667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 12.233', W 104° 33.439'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 12' 13.98" N, 104° 33' 26.34" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US
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