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The Golden Splice 1914

Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, January 5, 2006
6:21 pm

As we revel in all the new technologies around us, it is also good to contemplate the history upon which we stand. I received this photo in my Flickr feed today.

This historical marker in Wendover, on the Utah/Nevada line reads, “On June 17, 1914, the first transcontinental telephone line was completed at this point on the border of Nevada and Utah. Construction forces of the Bell Telephone Company of Nevada, and the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company met here, making the last splice in the wires which joined East and West in voice communications for the first time.”

Just think – Skype wasn’t even invented yet!


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