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Civil War Harper's Weekly, August 12, 1865

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VOL. IX.—No. 450.]

NEW YORK, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1865.

[SINGLE COPIES TEN CENTS. S4.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1865, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.


NEW WESTMINSTER, THE CAPITAL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.—[SKETCHED BY F. L. POPE.]

TERMINAL STATION OF COLLINS'S OVERLAND TELEGRAPHS, NEW WESTMINSTER, B. C.--[SKETCHED BY F. L. POPE.]

THE COLLINS OVER- LAND TELEGRAPH.

THIS immense enterprise, which is to connect America with Europe by the way of California, Behring Strait, and the Amoor River, is being pushed forward with the utmost energy during the present season, under the auspices of the Western Union Telegraph Company. The wires of the California Telegraph Company have during the past winter been extended through Oregon and Washington Territory, as far as New Westminster, the capital of British Columbia, and are now in operation to that point. At New Westminster the Collins Overland Telegraph proper commences, and will extend up Frazer River nearly to its source, and thence nearly parallel with the coast, following the general direction of the valley between the Rocky Mountains and the Coast Range to a point at or near Behring Strait, which will be crossed by a submarine cable. The line will thence extend through the eastern portion of Siberia until it meets the telegraph, now nearly completed by the Russian Government, from St. Petersburg to

the mouth of the Amoor River.

The whole work is under the general supervision of Colonel CHARLES S. BULKLEY, Engineer-in-Chief, who will be remembered as the late efficient superintendent of the United States military lines in the Department of the Gulf. Colonel B. is a man of great experience in practical telegraphing, having constructed the first range of wires between Washing-ton and New Orleans, in the year 1817.

The construction of the overland line through the colony of British Columbia is proceeding with great rapidity, considering the mountainous and difficult nature of the country. This division is under the immediate charge of Assistant-Engineer ED. CONWAY, late of the United States Military Telegraph.

A party, under command of Major F. L. POPE, of Massachusetts, is now engaged in making explorations in the country lying between the head of Frazer River and Bch-ring Strait, in order to determine the most practicable route for the telegraph. Other exploring parties will also be set at work the present season

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Collins overland telegraph

 

 

  

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