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Telegraph key
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19286


This object appears in the following sections:

Transportation in America before 1876:
Transportation in America before 1876 — Connecting the Growing Nation

Central Pacific Railroad telegraph key
Catalog #: 231,787, Accession #: 43,532
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This Morse telegraph key was taken from the first Railroad Overland Telegraph Line, running between Sacramento, California and Promontory, Utah. The line was completed on May 10, 1869. The telegraph key was used by the Central Pacific Railroad.
Physical Description
Dimensions: 6 1/2" L x 3 1/2" W x 3" H (including screws) Inscriptions: C.P.R.R. 106 Materials: brass, rubber
Date Made:
about 1870
Gift of A. E. Roome
Related People, Places, and Events
A. E. Roome

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