Tracing the History of the Telegraph

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In Denver right now, you can see a section of cable that changed the world. At the central library, a piece of the transatlantic telegraph cable is on display. It allowed for instant communication between the old and new worlds. The library exhibit marks a couple of things. First, the 160th anniversary of Western Union, whose headquarters are just south of Denver. It’s also been 150 years since the laying of another important telegraph cable --the one across the United States. Western Union’s archivist, Amy Fischer, tells Pat Mack what that meant for people coast to coast.