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Friday, November 27, 2009

Telegraph Wires Connected Pelham to the Outside World in 1882

A very brief reference contained in the May 6, 1882 issue of The Pioneer published in New Rochelle, New York, reflects the date that City Island in Pelham was first connected to the communications grid of telegraph wires that were beginning to cross the country.  The reference is quoted below, followed by a citation to its source:

"COUNTY MATTERS . . . The Western Union Telegraph Company are putting up a wire between Williamsbridge and City Island, to connect with the line of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company."

Source:  County Matters, The Pioneer [New Rochelle, NY], May 6, 1882, p. ?, col. 3 (no page number reflected on newspaper page).

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