Iron pole line in Kansas uses paper insulators

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Electrical Review

New York, NY, United States
vol. 7, no. 19, p. 5, col. 4

An Iron Pole Line In Kansas.

The frequent loss of wooden poles by lightning, by prairie fires and by the innate cussedness of emigrants and teamsters in need of fire wood, determined Gen. Sup't. Smith, of the United Telephone Company, to try gas pipe as a substitute. That company has completed seventy miles of line built with black pipe of twenty-foot lengths and an inch and a half inside diameter, set four feet in the ground. The holes were bored with two-inch earth angurs, the poles being one and three-quarter inches outside diameter, besides the tarring, which was put on hot for a distance of five feet at one end. No special provision was made for holding the poles in position, exc