Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Electrical Engineering Milestone
Between July 4 and October 24, 1861, a telegraph line was constructed by the Western Union Company between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, thereby completing the first high-speed communications line between the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. This service met the critical demand for fast communications between these areas. The telegraph line operated until May 1869, when it was replaced by a multi-wire system constructed with the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railway lines.
Erected 1992 by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Location. 39° 45.37′ N, 94° 50.704′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is on Penn Street near 12th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Patee House Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1202 Penn Street, Saint Joseph MO 64503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Patee House (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); The Patee House In The Civil War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker Patee House (a few steps from this marker); Patee House - 1858 (a few steps from this marker); Jesse James Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Patee Park Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patee Town (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Joseph.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Excerpt from "Wiring a Continent". (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. This Day in History. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Transcontinental Telegraph. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016.