September 20, 2014

Today in History: The Transcontinental Telegraph & the End of the Pony Express

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the transcontinental telegraph system was completed on this day in 1861, which signaled the rapid demise of the short-lived Pony Express. Learn more about these methods of long-distance communication by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources.

Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message

Telegraph maps

Telegraph sheet music

Telegraph images from American Memory

More telegraph images

Telegraph related legislation

Books and newspaper articles related to the telegraph

Manuscripts and mixed materials related to the telegraph

Pony express primary source set


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