This Week in History, 1865: An international telegraph line is launched in New Westminster


The cover story in the Aug. 12, 1865, edition of Harper’s Weekly magazine was on the Collins Overland Telegraph , which was looking to connect North America to Europe by running a “submarine cable” across the Bering Strait. Ground Zero for the North American section of the line was New Westminster. Harper’s illustrated the story with two drawings of the fledgling city, which was only six years old.


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