World’s Longest Telegram

Today in 1874, the Nevada State Constitution was sent to Congress over a telegraph line similar to this one (though this photo was taken in the 1920s). This was the longest telegram ever sent, costing over $4,000! To learn more about our state’s early history, visit our 1860s exhibit!

Black and white image of two men on adjacent telegraph poles doing maintenance. On the ground, a third man stands in front of a 1920s car. The men on the pole are identified as Tom Sanford and Wallace Smitten in 1924 or 1925.

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