Salt Lake City, Utah: Transcontinental Telegraph Connected Here

A monument on a downtown sidewalk marks the spot where the pole stood where the wires were joined that connected the transcontinental telegraph in 1861. It killed off the Pony Express.

Address:
51 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT
Directions:
Downtown, on the east side of S. Main St., just north of its intersection with 100 S. The monument is about five feet high, next to a fireplug.
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Pioneer Telegraph Office plaque.

Transcontinental Telegraph Connected Here

Sitting on the east side of Main Street, kinda in front of Forever 21. The plaque is a little hard to read, so you may need to bring a light if you don't visit in the middle of the day. If you aren't looking, you might miss it.

Then go south a little bit -- there is a monument commemorating the Pony Express.

[Glen Ramsey, 05/22/2022]

The telegraph killed the Pony Express.


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