On June 17, 1914, the last of 130,000 poles connecting a 3,400 mile telephone line between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was erected in Wendover.
The actual installation of the line had been a monumental undertaking. Severe winter conditions had required installers to work in temperatures as low
The original transcontinental line consisted of open copper wires connected to green glass insulators; the transmission wires weighed 2,960 tons, not including the insulation wire. Of course this wire is obselete today.
In 1914, a cross-country call took 23 minutes to place and cost $20.70 for three minutes, station to station. Since the line was not direct and
Wendover made history again in 1942 when the first transcontinental all weather buried cable was joined in Wendover.
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