Telegraph Extension, Arizona and California lines

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Telegrapher

New York, NY, United States
vol. 9, no. 366, p. 177, col. 1

The New Arizona Telegraph Extension.-The

New Line to Bakersfield, etc.


SAN DIEGO, CAL., June 28.



THE following, from the Arizona Citizen (which is published at Tucson, Arizona Territory) of June 21st, substantiates the opinion in my last letter in regard to the telegraph line which is proposed to be constructed in Arizona.

The Newbern, which is referred to in this item, is a steamship running between San Francisco, Cal., and Yuma, A. T., which latter place is on the Colorado river, near the Gulf of California:

"Mr. R. B. Haines, District Superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph Company, ought now to be in Arizona to superintend the construction of the military telegraph from Prescott to Tucson. He arrived at Los Angeles on the 14th instant, and carried with him official instructions to report to the chief quartermaster of Arizona, which he intended to do after a day or two with his family in Los Angeles. The wire, insulators, batteries, &c., are now on the way to Yuma, by the Newbern."

The Prescott, A. T., Miner, of the same date, says: "The latest report concerning the proposed telegraph line from Prescott to Tucson is that troops will have to cut the poles, and do all the work, under the direction of Captain George F. Price. This, we learn, is what General Dana has said."

The San Diego Union stated that the Western Union Company is now engaged in the construction of a new line, following the railroad and the survey to Bakersfield, where it will terminate for a time. Between Bakersfield and Los Angeles the old line will be thoroughly repaired.

This improvement has been for some time much needed between Visalia and Bakersfield. Nordhoff's California, speaking of this section of the country, says: "You will notice that the telegraph poles, which here are of square sawn timber, are rubbed off quite smooth and round for about three feet from the ground. For thirty miles I did not see a pole that was not thus polished. It is done by the cattle, who rub themselves against the poles until, in many places, these have had to be reinforced with heavy posts, to prevent their destruction." These immense herds of cattle thus deprive us of communication with San Francisco very often, and, as the repair stations are some distance apart, and the line does not keep the stage roads, it takes some time to repair.

Work on this end of the Texas and Pacific R. R. is progressing steadily.

The Government fortifications at the entrance to the harbor are also well under way.



Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:December 17, 2005 by: Elton Gish;