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"Telegraph Line to Dawson City"
Announced 04 December 1897
Mr C R Hosmer, General Manager of both the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company and the Postal Telegraph Company in the United States, and Vice President of the Commercial Cable Company, has arrived in San Francisco. He is to meet with Mr John W Mackay. Mr Hosmer, when approached at the station, expressed his belief that a telegraph circuit would be constructed by next spring from Ashcroft on the Canadian Pacific Railway, via Quesnelle to Dawson City, a distance of 1,400 miles. The projected telegraph circuit would stretch along the same route that was surveyed and partly wired in 1866-1867 in an attempt to secure telegraphic communication around the world via Siberia but was abandoned when the success of the Trans-Atlantic Ocean submarine cable was announced. The new line is expected to cost between $500,000.00 and $600,000.00. It will be built by the Dominion Government of Canada and operated by the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company. Telegraphic branches to Juneau and other United States centres is expected. [Dollar figures are in Canadian Funds - US Funds between $300,000 and [$400,000.00.]