Sunday, November 18, 2012

Over the Wires

Technology and change. Communication. Time and distance. Information. Before wireless mobile phones, cellphones and any telephones at all, there is the period of new railroads and new telegraph networks. Telegraphy transmitted by Morse Code kicks into gear in the 1840s, just in time for the US-Mexican War. By 1852, the US has gone from zero miles of wire to 23,000. 

Images in this post are closeup "snapshots" derived from Charles B. Barr's Telegraph Stations in the United States, the Canadas & Nova Scotia (1853). Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650. Chosen font: Courier.

Old Northwest Territory area, telegraph lines in 1852 (1853).

Louisiana and Gulf Coast.

Note: On the Western fringe, Texas is just barely emerging from annexation and the US-Mexican War. 

Today's Rune: Fertility. 


the walking man said...

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Charles Gramlich said...

And how much we come to depend on that communication. Having more troubles with our internet connection. really wish we could get something that would work consistently. And now our phone is out as well. Still a third world country down here.