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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Pioneer Telegraph Office

 
 
Pioneer Telegraph Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
1. Pioneer Telegraph Office Marker
Inscription. At this location on October 18 1861 stood the telegraph pole, shown on above plaque, on which telegraph wires were joined which spanned a continent and united two oceans.

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 of your message of last evening, which was every way gratifying, not only in the announcement of the completion of the Pacific Telegraph to your enterprising and prosperous city, but that your,
Marker location on S Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
2. Marker location on S Main Street
the first message to pass over the line, should express so unmistakably the patriotism and union-loving sentiments of yourself and people.

“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 reciprocates your congratulations. Abraham Lincoln.”
 
Erected 1955 by Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Foundation.
 
Marker series.
Detail on marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
3. Detail on marker
This marker is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
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.
 
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); Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother (about 600 feet away); Hotel Utah (about 600 feet away); Joseph Smith Memorial Building (about 600 feet away); Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
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Plaque: Site of completion of overland telegraph line image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
4. Plaque: Site of completion of overland telegraph line
Pioneer Telegraph Office Marker (Obscured) image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, September 7, 2010
5. Pioneer Telegraph Office Marker (Obscured)
Don't plan on viewing this marker any time soon. Construction on a massive project in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City has some markers/monuments hidden from view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,759 times since then and 53 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.
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