Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
First Transcontinental Telegraph
There was some question of which route should be followed over the Rocky Mountains. The Western Union and Missouri Telegraph Company informed Colorado residents that if they would subscribe $20,000 worth of stock in the enterprise, the company would run the line through Denver, otherwise, the emigrant and mail route over South Pass would be followed. The support in Colorado did not come, and the telegraph was pushed across Wyoming in the summer and fall of 1861. The lack of trees along much of the western route posed a considerable construction problem, but in the fall of 1861, the transcontinental telegraph carried the first message from New York to San Francisco. The remains of the telegraph poles have long since disappeared, but it passed along the emigrant trail in front of this sign.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pilot Butte (a few steps from this marker); Emigrant/Indian Relations (a few steps from this marker); Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Death on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Continuing the Journey West (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpson's Hollow (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
More about this marker. Marker is one of eight interpretive signs at the Pilot Butte Emigrant Trails Interpretive Site. Sign donated by the Wyoming Centennial Commission.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 35 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week October 23, 2016. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on October 23, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.