Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Pioneer Telegraph Office
On that date the first two telegrams transmitted were as follows: Great Salt Lake City, U.T. Oct. 18, 1861 “Hon. J. H. Wade, President of the Pacific Telegraph Company Cleveland, Ohio:
“Sir: Permit me to congratulate you upon the completion of the overland telegraph line west to this city, to commend the energy displayed by yourself and associates in the rapid and successful prosecution of a work so beneficial, and to express the wish that its use may ever tend to promote the true interests of the dwellers upon both the Atlantic and Pacific slopes on the continent.
“Utah has not seceeded, but is firm for the constitution and laws of our once happy country, and is warmly interested in such useful enterprises as the one so far completed. Brigham Young.”
The reply was as follows: Cleveland Oct. 19, 1861 “Hon. Brigham Young, President Great Salt Lake City: Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt
“With just consideration for your high position and due respect for you personally. I am your obedient servant, J. H. Wade, Pres. Pacific Telegraph Company”
GSL City, Oct 18, 1861 ”To the President of the United States: Utah, whose citizens strenuously resist all imputations of disloyalty, congratulates the president upon the completion of an enterprise which spans the continent, unites two oceans, and connects with nerve of iron, the remote extremities of the body politic with the great government heart. May the whole system speedily thrill with the quickened pulsations of that heart, as the parricide hand is palsied, treason is banished, and the entire sisterhood of states join hands in glad reunion around the national fireside. Frank Fuller Acting Governor of the Utah Territory.”
Washington D. C., Oct. 20, ’61 “Hon. Frank Fuller, Acting Governor of Utah Sir: The completion of the telegraph to Great Salt Lake City is auspicious of the stability and union of the republic, the government
Erected 1955 by Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 18, 1861.
Location. 40° 46.066′ N, 111° 53.452′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 S Main Street, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Security Branch of Wells Fargo (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntyre Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagle Emporium Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Clock (about 300 feet away); City Creek (about 500 feet away); Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother (about 600 feet away); Hotel Utah (about 600 feet away); Joseph Smith Memorial Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,912 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.