Wires in the Wilderness

Wires in the Wilderness

The Story of the Yukon Telegraph

Book - 2004
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This is the tale of how Canada's high northern wilderness was brought into civilization's fold through a frail network of wires laboriously strung between poles and trees for hundreds of desolate miles. The Yukon Telegraph started in 1897, when gold was discovered in the Yukon and the government needed a faster way to communicate with its remote northern territory. The isolated residents, too, wanted a more reliable connection with the outside world.

Bill Miller takes readers from the line's conception in 1899 to its abandonment in 1952 through to its status today and its potential for future generations, focusing on the colourful people who lived and worked in the area. His account, enhanced by extensive research and engaging storytelling, reveals a fascinating fragment of Canada's rich history.

Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House, c2004
ISBN: 9781894384582
189438458X
Branch Call Number: 971.9102 MIL 2004 22
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill., maps, ports

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