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Civil War Harper's Weekly, August 12, 1865
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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
BY F. L.
TERMINAL STATION OF COLLINS'S OVERLAND TELEGRAPHS, NEW WESTMINSTER, B.
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
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
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
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
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
of the United States Military
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