Site of First Telegraph Office in Texas - Marshall, TX
Posted by: linkys
N 32° 32.725 W 094° 22.031
15S E 371627 N 3601717
Quick Description: Texas has thousands of official state historic markers, but there isn't one in the small park at the site of the State's first telegraph office.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 4:13:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMERAR
The appropriately named Telegraph Park is on the site of the first telegraph office in the State of Texas. There is a bronze statue of a telegraph boy, and also a small performance stage with cover and lighting were groups can perform, drawing people into the downtown area. While nothing remains of that first telegraph office, there is a bronze plaque that reads:
The first telegraph office in the State of Texas
was established at this location on
February 14, 1854.
The Texas and Red River Telegraph Company
merged several times finally becoming
Western Union Telegraph Company.
The telegram was the chief method
of communication in the late
19th century and early 20th century.
Serving all facets of life, the telegram was
the answer to every communication need,
and its popularity soared.
Messenger boys were an important part of the
telegraph system. Boys as young as 10 years of age
would ride bicycles to deliver their telegrams.
The boys were trained to be
courteous, friendly and fast.
Group that erected the marker: Unknown
Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
100 block of North Washington Street
Marshall, TX USA
URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed
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