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"Telegraph to the Klondike"
Announced 11 November 1897
Mr Charles R Hosmer, General Manager of the Pacific Postal Telegraph Company, says regarding telegraph communication with the Klondike, that he understood the Dominion Government of Canada had the matter under consideration. No insurmountable difficulties are in the way, either in the construction or the maintenance of a telegraph line via Ashcroft and Quesnelle, which was the route adopted in 1866 for connecting Asia and North America via the Behring [sic] Sea. The route passes through the present Klondike country. A line connecting Quesnelle, the northernmost point in British Columbia reached by telegraph, and Dawson City, if decided upon within a few months, could be in operation before this time next year. Stations can be established every four miles and they would be used in connection with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other departments of the government.