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"Further Telegraphic Extensions North"
Announced 01 January 1898
A new extension of the Western Union Telegraph Company will likely be constructed between Seattle, Washington and Port Orchard. This extension will be made using underwater cable. Connections are planned for Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock. From Port Townsend, it is expected that a circuit will be extended to Port Angeles, but no further down the Straits at this instant. Another circuit being contemplated is an extension north from Anacortes to Vancouver, British Columbia. Land lines and cable will be used to connect with Victoria. Interestingly, the Western Union Telegraph once operated into Victoria, but the business was limited and the circuit was turned over to the Dominion Government of Canada [sic]. The Dominion Government then turned that circuit over to the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company. This line was built north to a point 1,000 miles above the head of navigation on the Fraser River. The circuit to the Fraser River, opposite Sitka, was operated for approximately six years under the supervision of the Western Union Telegraph. Superintendent Frank Jaynes of the San Francisco Western Union office is traveling north up the Pacific Coast as soon as the weather is favorable to investigate the above and further telegraphic extensions through and into Canada.