December 19, 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 from America’s Library

Historical newspaper coverage: transcontinental telegraph

Telegraph maps

Telegraph sheet music

Telegraph images

Telegraph-related legislation

Books and newspaper articles related to the telegraph

Telegraph-related recollections, correspondence & drawings

Pony express historical newspaper coverage

Pony express maps

Pony express recollections American Life Histories

Modern-day U.S. legislation related to the Pony express

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